Today I have a question for you. It came up at Christmas when I opened some beautiful rain boots from my daughter and I mentioned remembering the golashes of my childhood, wondering out loud why we said golashes then and rain boots now.
I can so clearly hear my mother saying, “Don’t forget to wear your golashes,” or “Don’t go out in that rain without your golashes.”
These were actually worn over my shoes, and I think I can remember a row of little golashes lined up in the cloak room of our elementary classroom on rainy days so I assume lots of kiddos wore them once upon a time. However, in all of my years as a teacher I can’t
remember seeing even one student in a pair of rain boots, and I know I never heard them use the words golashes.
My question has to do with why.
Was it because our shoes were leather that we once upon a time did not wear them out in the rain without protection?
Have we become such a throw-away society that we just don’t really worry about rain-soaked shoes?
Do we have better medicines so that moms no longer worry about wet feet?
Or….Was it only my family who sent me off in golashes on rainy days?
If you have your own memories or ideas on the subject, I’d love to hear them!