for the last couple weeks ellen has suddenly and repeatedly stopped walking and sat on the ground to examine her foot and say that it hurts. we didn't really take her seriously and we even had her walk in the driveway barefoot to "toughen up her feet." come to find a couple nights ago that she had a nasty splinter in her foot. well, by this time the skin had grown over and we had to dig it out. it was not a pleasant couple minutes, but the splinter has successfully been removed. i think we will pay more attention the next time that ellen tells us her foot hurts.