mud,rain,and sunshine

by Under the Pines on January 15, 2010 · 0 comments

Jan. 15  A sunny day, at least for a few hours!

On a clear day, the dust motes in the air, the smudges on the glass panels in the doors downstairs, and the dust on everything shows up in glistening glory.

I realize as I walk around the house that I can choose to focus on the household tasks that need doing or I can instead focus on the glistening prisms of the raindrops outside the windows, shining and twinkling with light.

So I do a little dusting, remind myself that once the sun moves around a bit the streaks on those glass panels won’t show up as much, and decide to go outside to hang blankets up to air.

How I look at things often determines my mood.  My mood often determines how I look at things.  Today, I chose to enjoy the sunshine and focus on the glistening beauty of rain in the branches and bushes and the mud.  I no longer have toddlers to play and stomp and make mud pies in the mud, but since having children, I look at mud in an entirely different way.  “I’ve looked at mud from both sides now…”

Yes, it does create laundry and messes, but it is so sensually delightful.  And it can entertain children for hours.   Here are two poems that rattle around in my head whenever I think about mud.



Mud by Polly Chase Boyden
Mud is very nice to feel
All squishy-squash between the toes!
I’d rather wade in wiggly mud
Than smell a yellow rose.

Nobody else but the rosebush knows
How nice mud feels
Between the toes.

The Muddy Puddle  by Dennis Lee
I am sitting
In the middle
Of a rather Muddy
With my bottom
Full of bubbles
And my rubbers
Full of Mud,

While my jacket
And my sweater
Go on slowly
Getting wetter
As I very
Slowly settle
To the bottom
Of the Mud.

And I find that
What a person
With a puddle
Round his middle
Thinks of mostly
In the muddle
Is the muddi-
ness of Mud.

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