Feet are fab.
They sit at the end of your legs and, on a simple command from the brain, convey you from point A to point B or even, if your passport is up to date, to point C.
They also partake in that most significant event in human life: the scoring of a goal at footer. Indeed, so appreciated was their contribution that the game was named after them.
Feetball aside, it's fair to say we take our plates of meat for granted. However, I haven't gathered you here today to hear an oration about feet in general, nor to go all digital on you and focus on the toes.
No, I want to concentrate in particular on the feet of Sue Kent, a Thalidomide victim who works as a massage therapist in Mumbles, near Swansea.
"What's the story?" you ask. I'll tell you what the story is: Sue doesn't have any hands.
Instead she massages with her super-sensitive feet, and has become so good at it that she's been taken on to therapise the British Paralympics team. Sue, 49, says: "The majority of people I've treated are curious at first, but then they say it feels like a really big hand – but it's better as you're covering more surface area."
This is an inspiring story of how someone can use their feet to overcome other disadvantages. Sue has also enjoyed swimming, ballet and horse riding. She is someone who's grateful for her feet, as indeed are her customers.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, a leading dreamer, once said: "The civilised man has built a coach, but lost the use of his feet." The first part of this is correct, particularly if – for the modern man – you substitute "car" for "coach". But the second part isn't always correct, as Sue and her handy feet amply demonstrate.
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