Thursday, April 15, 2010



My name is mud
Mud is my name
Merrily marketing
The dirtiest game
Making mud pies
Mud peddling puddles
Making a mess
Making fine muddles
Of hair and clothes
Shoes and socks galore
Tracing the tracks
All over your floor

Mix my makings
In everyday messes
I’ll find fun times
On best Sunday dresses
And just when you think
That you've had quite enough
I’ll make my way
Onto brand new stuff
So mix me and make me
Extra water for runny
Mud is the best
On days that are sunny

-Marjorie Napier-

About the pictures

A couple of years ago I went to visit my mom in Illinois. It was a really wet that year. I live in Arizona so rain is a real treat. my kids found another treat that comes with the rain. Mud. Isabella is not pictured because unlike the other kids she did NOT want to play in the mud. Roxanne was the leader on this and most days they decided to go play in the wet grass and mud puddles. I eventually gave up trying to keep them clean and just let them get on their swimsuits and have at it. Once I let them just get dirty I was able to get a lot of good pictures. I also learned something. Letting kids be kids is not only a gift to them but a gift to yourself as well.


Lisa said...

Very cute kiddos and I agree, let the kids be kids! :)


Lovely children, My daughter was never happier when she was small than being in the mud,
I used to despair of her but she loved it.
A most unusal yet nonethe less a subject worth writing about.

Take care.

Not enough hours! said...

So true. I'd rather have muddy happy kids than clean perfect ones.

~ Rayna

The Alliterative Allomorph said...

Hey Marjorie! This poem would make an AWESOME picture book for children. Seriously. I think you ought to look into that!

The Alliterative Allomorph said...


Marjorie said...

@ Lisa- Thanks, and yes I don't make a big deal about it anymore. My Husband is another story.

@ Yvonne- They aren't little for long. This is the only time to build memories like these. Best enjoy it.

@ Natasha- You like mud puddles too if I'm not mistaken. :)

@ Alliterative- That is an interesting idea. Of course a childrens book is only as a good as the pictures in it. That is something else to think about.

Stephen T. McCarthy said...

Hokey-Smoke! I really, really dug your poem! That was "wonderful"!

Ya know, I thought I had visited your Blog before but the title doesn't seem familiar. (By the way, green is my favorite color and my cousins are named Napier, also.)

Well, I gotta get something to eat and get ready for work, but I will definitely be back in the days to follow, because if all your stuff(s) is as good as "Mud", then I've "clearly" been missing out.

And by the way, aren't you glad your name is Napier and not Mud?

~ "Lonesome Dogg" Stephen

Marjorie said...

Thank you Stephen! You have cousins named Napier eh? It's a good name.