At least once a year I'm corrected by a daughter when I use the word "thongs" in a way they deem incorrect. Personally, I'd like to straighten out all those who may think someone of my generation is embarrassing for "misusing the word".
My use of the word may not be the first or second most common usage but it is a more common definition than what the younger generation feels is appropriate.
Whatever the name - zorries, thongs, or flip flops - these shoes played a big role in my life. I could tell the passing of the seasons by my shoes and they meant SUMMER to me!
Summer was a bonus for my shoe collection. Canvas tennis shoes AND zorries. I remember when these shoes were introduced into American footwear. In the beginning they were called zorries. Whether called zorries or thongs they were a value my mom just could not pass by 19 cents worth of summer! They resulted in a yearly blister between the toes.
|Me, brothers Steve and Mike|
|Huck - NO Steve, Steve Smith (next door neighbor), and Mike|
In my mind zorries meant freedom! Freedom from tight shoes and school. The fact that zorries resulted in a yearly blister between my toes was a small price to pay. They signified the beginning of summer!
Now, years later, Flip Flops are my footwear of choice in the summer. I own a half dozen of these beautiful shoes and recently added to the collection when I bought this year's flip flops. On impulse I also bought my first pair of THONGS in years!