We moved into our current home in 1997. It was a repossession and the landscaping was dirt in the backyard (it was grass at one time). Justin was 6, Tyler was 3 and Bryce was an infant.
I found these cute matching raincoats with a nice fleece lining at JC Penney and the deal was too good to pass up—like $6 each. A real stretch since we used every dime we had to get into our house. I bought them for Tyler and Justin.
One day in the late summer it was raining. Hard. The boys asked if they could go and play out in the rain. I said they could if they wore their raincoats.
I went about my business. About half an hour later I looked out and saw two little boys splashing and throwing mud at each other, their cute new raincoats caked in mud. I blew a gasket. Seriously, after 13 years I can still remember how FURIOUS I was. I’m not sure what I thought “playing in the rain” would entail, and why I was SO SURPRISED, but I was. (I don’t have a picture of the event—I was not that forward thinking—I borrowed this one for effect so don’t be confused if you don’t recognize this kid!!)
I yelled and washed and fumed and issued consequences pell mell. I couldn’t get over the mess, especially on those cute little raincoats (that washed up just fine, by the way. And, being California, they were used exactly 5 more times over the next few years until Bryce grew out of the larger one).
I’m so so sorry J&T. That was crazy of me. Little boys SHOULD play in the mud!!!
The reason for this remembrance: It’s all I could think about when I went to Bryce’s football game Saturday morning in the pouring rain. The adults were all huddled under EZ Ups in the stands so that we wouldn’t get wet, but we sent our 13 year old sons out to play. And, unlike the majority of fields we play on, this one was (and I do mean “WAS”) real grass.
So… (Bryce is #66. Course, most of the numbers became increasingly obscured as the game wore on.)
We paid good money (and an even more expensive commodity—time) for this! We won in overtime!
As if they were not muddy enough, they dove into the mud to celebrate their win! Bryce looked to me for approval and I even encouraged it!! (I am really, really sorry J&T!!!)
Here is the team in all their glory!
I wish I could go out today WITH my little boys to play in the mud (if it were raining, and if we still had dirt, and if I had a time machine). Look at the love from THIS mom: