Mud pies. Gardening. Digging for buried treasure. Puddle jumping. Burying a time capsule in the backyard. None of these opportunities should be missed in the span of a young life. There are a thousand ways that dirt is not only good — it’s FANTASTIC. Simply put, dirt is an essential ingredient to a happy childhood.
I have watched this ad so many times, but it never ceases to amaze and delight me. So simple, yet actually quite profound. Many of you may have seen this ad before, but even so, it’s worth another look.
Whether you are a parent, grandparent, aunt, or mentor, encourage the kids in your world to “get dirty” — to earn those grass stains and the occasional skinned knee or bug bite. Those things, after all, are signs that real living is going on — PLAY, exploration, discovery, and fun! Childhood was meant to be messy (I’ve heard that somewhere before!). And don’t forget about yourself, either. Dirt is good for grown-ups, too!
A wise man once said, life was meant for living, and I couldn’t agree more. That said, I can’t help but think that so often we are so focused getting through it — checking off boxes on our To Do lists — that we forget to actually enjoy the ride. So, next time you get annoyed at having to wash a load of laundry because of grass stained knees or muddy bottoms, just remind yourself that someone is doing a bang-up job at living, and in the end, that’s what we are all here for.
If you want to read more about my love affair with dirt, check out: Ode to Dirty Sneakers.
Now, if you will excuse me, I have the sudden urge to make mud pies. Who’s with me?
See ya outside! – The Grass Stain Guru