Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Dirt Clod War

As nine-year-old Travis entered his piano teacher's door six years ago he jealously told her,
"You're so lucky. You can have a dirt clod war!"
His teacher, Susan, and I stood confused for a moment until we realized that he had admired her freshly aerated front lawn as he approached the door. We chuckled quietly to ourselves as we caught a glimpse of the world through childlike eyes again.
Lawn aeration was foreign business to me when I moved to Utah. I initially thought the plugs of dirt were the result of an over-active dog doing its "business."

I liked Travis' interpretation better. Why hadn't I seen them as potential ammunition for one amazing dirt clod war?
A lesson was reinforced that afternoon. Look for the positive--the simple joys. Don't let "life's dirt" mar my attitude. Be a bit more carefree and whimsical.

Let the dirt clod wars begin!

17 comments:

Garden of Egan said...

Your lawn is going to look so good.

They look like dangerous weapons. I wouldn't want to be in the line of fire.

Dixie Mom said...

I used to love to play dirt clod wars when I was little. These ones look like they could be launched from a weapon!

Lacy@uphillandsmiling said...

My husband and son figured this out awhile ago.... not sure if I find the "joy" in it, but they sure have fun!

Sue said...

I hope my husband and sons never run across this post. I'm afraid a dirt clod war (or multiple ones) would be right up their alley!

;)

Joy For Your Journey said...

My daughter thought it was what you did. We were recently in Utah visiting my sister whose yard was covered in "dirt clods". While my daughter was trying to tip toe through the mess she exclaimed, "This yard is covered in dog poop!" We all got a laugh out of that. And she was quite relieved to learn that was not the case.

Ginger said...

And a child shall lead them...

Many times I've wished I could be more childlike and see things as an adult the way I did as a child. Thank you for sharing this. It's just what I needed to hear! Hope you are having a wonderful day! :)

Mom of 12 said...

We aerate our lawn every spring, but I have never thought of having a dirt clod war! I guess we'll have to try it...I'm betting on the girls, we have the boys outnumbered.
Sandy
www.twelvemakesadozen.blogspot.com

Valerie said...

My lawn needs to be aerated...and I'm sure my boys would start a dirt clod war with no prompting at all!
Thanks for the reminder to slow down and enjoy the little things in life!

Kendra said...

haha we just had our yard done too! guess we just need to start the war... if it every gets to be nice weather again! :)

Mom to Many said...

I too that these little bombs were a reason to stay off of the playground grass when I was a child. Lol! It took me some time to realize they were not what I had feared. :o)

My boys would have a fantastic time with these!

Cheryl

Lara said...

I'm from Utah and I always thought it was dog doo, too! Until I finally figured it out. I still think it's odd.

Marvett Smith said...

Can't wait to see your beautiful green grass!

Dean and Sheri said...

Oh, Julie...I've missed so much good stuff. I've become a hopeless bookworm over the past month or so and have not been tuning into my fav blogs lately. I've really been missing out. NOT gonna let that happen any more. I'm back! And...our two-and-a-half year old grandson recently walked on a freshly aerated lawn...he was trying so hard not to step on the plugs, thinking they were from a dog! Funny.

Life is good! said...

ya, i think dog poop also, but it sure does make the lawns look nice. have a great day!

Valerie said...

Kids are so fun!

Cindi said...

I love how kids can see the fun in anything. I'm so glad you shared this. It will help me remember to smile rather than be irritated when I get him by one of those little dirt clods.

Fine Art By Jennifer said...

I always thought it was messy geese.