Once a month the Mattaw children spend an afternoon dusting, washing, and polishing until every shoe in the village is clean. My question is, how do they keep straight who’s are whos? One of the girls was sick last month, and it took her father 15 minutes to figure out which pair were her’s so I could take her to the doctor.
We have funny stories about shoes at Mattaw (mainly because many of our children have never worn them before coming to live with us). One of our boys was so proud of his shoes he would only wear them in the house.. He would take them off before going to school, playing outside, or using the bathroom. This way, his feet would get dirty instead of the shoes.