Is There Mud on My Face?

by Frank

Mud

Photo by Kim Jerbo

THE FUN

I can remember when I was a snotty nosed, rebellious, little kid and I enjoyed rolling around in the mud. Not only did I like the texture, sounds, and playdough like qualities but I loved the mess it made as well. I hope I wasn’t the only kid in the world that loved mud. As much fun as I had diving and rolling on mound after mound of mud, sliding across mud puddles like they were a slip and slide and making great mud civilizations, my poor mother was the one who was left on clean up duty. The more fun I had the greater the mess I made.

THE CLEAN UP

The more fun I had the harder the clean up job became. The task of washing mud out of clothes is tedious. The individual items must first be rinsed out just to try to remove all traces of dirt and debris. Mud also has a tendency to get into seams and the only way it can be removed is to scrub. Grass and mud combined made super stains that had to be pre-treated with detergent.

There is only one thing that is harder to clean than mud out of clothes and that is dried mud. Not only does it make clothes items into statue-like pieces of art but it can also be excruciating to remove from exposed skin.

It hurts to get rid of the mess. Hours after the fun was over you could still see it on me. Everywhere I went I left a trail behind. The trail I left usually lead discipline right to my hiding spot. I thought I was slick thinking after pulling off the greatest mud stunts of all time that I could never get caught. Word to the wise, when you jump in the mud don’t be surprised if you get dirty. Saying I fell only works the first few times.

THE REVELATION

As a kid I liked mud. Now as I have grown older I realized adults do to, we just call it a different name. Many people today call it “drama.” So you may not like to dive face first into a wet, dirty, pile of mud but we find a way to get real messy in some of the situations we put ourselves into. I will let you apply this where it fits in your own life.

Instead of starting the uncomfortable process of cleaning up our mess we hide behind the dirt on our face. I want to be remembered for the positive things I have done not by the mess I made and left behind.

Getting the mess out of your life is not going to be an easy process. It will take time, effort and skill. In all honestly it is going to hurt. Some of the mess can be rinsed out, some will need to be scrubbed, some will need to be pre-treated and removed later. The only way to get clean is to stop playing in the mud and start washing.

Man I have a big load to clean.