Mud, Glorious Mud

photo by Danielle Donders
It is a rainy spring where I live. Rain and more rain. Days of rain with intermittent breaks of sun.
So when life gives you raindrops....
You make...
Mud Pies.
Learn to love the mud and you will be a happier person, I assure you....
Annual Mud Day Celebration in Westland, Michigan
My stepmother once chided me for playing in the dirt and mud, saying this wasn't proper for a young lady (I was 11)...

She didn't understand that this was (and is) my greatest joy. 

Perhaps I should have shown her one of my favorite poems. It is called 'In Just' by e e cummings. 
a poem in praise of spring, mud, childhood and more by e e Cummings:
in just-

in Just-
spring       when the world is mud-
luscious the little
lame balloonman

whistles     far      and wee

and eddieandbill come
running from marbles and
piracies and it's
when the world is puddle-wonderful

Rainy Day Idea : make a mud house with fern roofing......


  1. Jan, what a glorious post this is! When we were kids, we never hesitated to revel in the joy of nature - when it rained the first thing we wanted to do was run out and get drenched. Puddles made us want to jump and splash in them. So ironic that now we avoid the very things that made us deliriously happy.

    Love the photos! Hugs!

    1. Vidya - I love your description of running out and getting drenched. A child's joy! You are so right - how many kids today do that, I wonder?

      Thanks for your wonderful comments - I appreciate the feedback.


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