Sunday Thought For The Day

by Lance Ekum on · 60 comments

Puddle Splashing
Creative Commons License photo credit: Mrs Magic

"The world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful." ~ e. e. cummings

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Linda Abbit November 29, 2009 at 2:16 am

We’re heading into the rainy season in California, Lance, and this photo is a beautiful accompaniment for it.

One of my favorite-est memories is my father and I getting caught in a downpour in Florida, getting soaked to the skin and loving every minute of it!

Jumping in & out of mud puddles is fun, too! And those rain boots are so dang pretty!

Good night from PST . . . zzzzzzzzzzzzz
.-= Linda Abbit´s Last Fabulous Post ..Inspiring Quotes for Caregivers — 11/25/09 =-.


Suzie Cheel November 29, 2009 at 2:45 am

Awesome, Just love those gumboots. Now we need some of that stuff that makes puddles down here!

Wow that brings back childhood memories, times of fun and laughter. Now I settle for the occassional mudmask.

Have a fun Sunday
.-= Suzie Cheel´s Last Fabulous Post ..Abundance Cafe 29 November 2009 =-.


Jeanne November 29, 2009 at 3:14 am

I really enjoy all your posts so very much
.-= Jeanne´s Last Fabulous Post ..It’s like Spring out there today =-.


Zeenat{Positive Provocations} November 29, 2009 at 3:29 am

This is just so so wonderful. I love the fun that comes with the rains. Somehow even though we might wear all those gum boots and raincoats we do still get wet.
Something like life….we try to be so so cautious but still end up with a lot of heart ache. The better thing though is to go bare raincoats…out in the ‘rain of life’ and just enjoy it!! 🙂
Life will be so so fun…atleast you got wet ‘having fun’ 😉
With love and lots of Sunday Happiness..
.-= Zeenat{Positive Provocations}´s Last Fabulous Post ..You Just Need To Believe- Inspiration from Kungfu Panda =-.


Mindful Mimi November 29, 2009 at 3:36 am

Lnance, This is so funny. I just spent an hour yesterday with my boys jumping in puddles. Put on their rainjackets and pants and let them run off. Had my boots on too and joined in the fun. Had forgotten how much laughter it brings.
It was raining all day. Today the sun is out again.
You have to make the best of the weather. And instead of staying indoors I wanted to show them that rain can be fun too. They loved it.

.-= Mindful Mimi´s Last Fabulous Post ..Sunday laugh =-.


Davina November 29, 2009 at 3:43 am

Hi Lance.
Cool boots. I’ve been grumbling about the rainy weather lately. But, whenever I DO get out there I will walk through puddles on purpose. The best memories are when I was a wee girl… on my hands and knees, scooping tadpoles out of the puddles. We’d catch them and keep them in a bucket and watch them grow legs.
.-= Davina´s Last Fabulous Post ..Where Did that Crummy Paddle Go? =-.


Jannie Funster November 29, 2009 at 4:34 am

Nothing like some good clean mud to entertain and delight.

Nothing like running in the cold rain followed by a hot bath, hot chocolate and cozy sweat pants.

Nothing like the anticipation of Lance’s Sunday Thought For The Day to raise you from a dead sleep at 4:30 to run to the computer and smile.
.-= Jannie Funster´s Last Fabulous Post ..Soul Impressions Of Dr. Liara M. Covert’s “Self Disclosure — Changes From Within” =-.


Tom Volkar / Delightful Work November 29, 2009 at 5:12 am

This sure makes me think if lighter more carefree times. I was never a big puddle guy but I certainly enjoyed a good mud ball war.
.-= Tom Volkar / Delightful Work´s Last Fabulous Post ..Wounds + Authentic Makeup = True Calling =-.


Dr. Rus November 29, 2009 at 5:37 am

I love it! Nothing like a reminder of what it means to be a kid again! I think I might find a mud puddle to jump in today. 🙂


Trish @imaSUcceeding November 29, 2009 at 5:51 am

Oh I so love it! Reminds me of this past summer when we finally just went with the rain and made the most of it! 🙂
.-= Trish @imaSUcceeding´s Last Fabulous Post ..Where is the Bread? =-.


Diane AZ November 29, 2009 at 6:32 am

One of my favorite e.e.cummings quotes! We finally did get some rain here in the desert last night, so I’ll be going out to look for puddles as soon as it gets light out. 🙂
.-= Diane AZ´s Last Fabulous Post ..Shadow Shots – Little Dog =-.


Lance November 29, 2009 at 6:48 am

@Linda Abbit – I have a story about the rainy CA season. We visited in November, a few years ago. And had one day to go to Disneyland – and it rained and was cold the whole day! A couple of years later, we went to Disneyworld in Florida – and it rained! So, we now call Disney the rainiest place on earth! All in good fun, though!! Playing in the rain can be so much fun! Happy sleeping to you…

@Suzie – Aren’t those boots great! Ah…so you need the rain (or a big hose!!). Me? I’ll probably pass on the mudmask!! Happy Sunday to YOU!

@Jeanne – Thank you Jeanne!

@Zeenat – And getting wet is a part of all the fun, isn’t it! Just like life…it’s about getting in there and getting our hands a little dirty…but we are in there, and doing “it”…whatever that “it” is for us. And that is fun and joy-filled! Enjoy your Sunday, my friend!

@Mimi – Well…how about that!! YOU are living this!! So cool!! Awesome that you were out there, in the rain, with your kids – and having a blast with it all!

@Davina – Hi Davina. Some of the fun of rain and puddles, are some of the new critters we see – like the tadpoles. When it has rained for a while, it can get a little gloomy…and that is definitely a great time to get out there and walk through some of those puddles!!

@Jannie – Good clean mud!! So, I could smear that stuff on me…and be clean as a whistle!! I’ll have to try that and let you know how it goes… And nothing like having Jannie here to brighten my morning! Woohoo!!

@Tom Volkar – Mud balls!! Now that IS fun! And according to Jannie, it can also be clean! Who knew??

@Dr. Rus – Happy mud puddle jumping!!

@Trish – Making the most of what we have…I’d say that is really what this is all about! Very awesome!!

@Diane AZ – Awesome!! For rain! And for finding those puddle it creates!!


Miguel de Luis November 29, 2009 at 6:54 am

Some times it takes time to realize God created the world, for the fun of it 🙂


Jay Schryer November 29, 2009 at 7:11 am

Well, I think Miguel just pulled a Lance on me! I’m just gonna second what he said. For the fun of it, indeed! What a beautiful way of looking at life!


Joanna Sutter November 29, 2009 at 7:22 am

Is that how your turkey trot was, too??? 😉


Julie November 29, 2009 at 7:40 am

Lance, your photo and quote this week are me! I’ve often seen family members make googly eyes at me, their silent admonitions to “please, will you just grow UP!” My answer: NO! 🙂 Friends, though, encourage me. Why is that, I wonder. Hm. And, yes, surely it all started with stomping and splashing and making like a ship plowing through the ocean with my feet sluicing the water away as I slid them along the rain-swollen gutters. It’s akin to making houses and forts out of cardboard furniture boxes. What’s not to love? And, why, I ask [grinning], must we stop playing just because we’re adults? Sheesh… After all, make-believe is what makes the world go ’round!
.-= Julie´s Last Fabulous Post ..A Different Thanksgiving =-.


Tess The Bold Life November 29, 2009 at 7:42 am

If I could choose my neighbors I’d pick e.e. cummings and Miguel! Never heard the quote before and love it!
.-= Tess The Bold Life´s Last Fabulous Post ..Interview Original Faith Author Paul Maurice Martin =-.


suzen November 29, 2009 at 8:17 am

Hi Lance!
Perfect example of the power of attitude! It’s just that simple!


Katie West/The Levity Coach November 29, 2009 at 8:21 am

In my house, we agree! Whenever it rains here, the kids and I suit up and go out “Puddle Stomping!” I also think puddle jumping is a great metaphor for life(of course, I do, right Lance?) Let’s not be so afraid to get dirty and make a mess!
I believe it is that kind of abandon which births the genius withing us!

Let’s all play today whether outside it is sunshiny or rainshiny!

Lance….how is the coffee today?
.-= Katie West/The Levity Coach´s Last Fabulous Post ..The Upside of Gravity =-.


Katie West/The Levity Coach November 29, 2009 at 8:22 am

oops I meant “within” not withing–ha ha! My 4 year old was pulling on my broken leg!
.-= Katie West/The Levity Coach´s Last Fabulous Post ..The Upside of Gravity =-.


Evita November 29, 2009 at 8:57 am

Hi Lance

What an original quote…never heard this one before and it is really fun! Shows how we can always see the positive in any situation, and most importantly have fun with life 🙂
.-= Evita´s Last Fabulous Post ..Essential Energy with Cyndi Dale: Beyond the Golden Rule =-.


Mark Salinas November 29, 2009 at 9:07 am

Fabulous quote Lance!
.-= Mark Salinas´s Last Fabulous Post ..Milk =-.


Lance November 29, 2009 at 10:33 am

@Miguel – I love your perspective on this! And if that is the case…then we should definitely be out there having fun too!!

@Jay – Hey there Jay! Ha!!! I think you and Miguel are onto something here…and for the fun of it…I’m going to make today FUN! Have a great one!

@Joanna – Hi Joanna! Well…that turkey trot…no, it was just mostly cold and windy (with a couple of snowflakes!). That didn’t stop about 4,000 people from running in it though (both a 5K and a 10K). Warmth (and fun) in numbers!

@Julie – They are you for sure, Julie!! You bubble over with fun and joy! So…I’m with your friends (or maybe better yet – I am one of your friends!!) – here’s to splashing through all parts of our life! And when that day comes that we meet…if there are no puddles, we’ll make our own!!

@Tess – Awesome choice in neighbors, Tess!! Hey, I think I’d move into that neighborhood too!

@Katie West – Whew…you agree (I was worried you wouldn’t!!!). Yes, I really think this quote could be your mantra for life. You DO live it!! And you know what – it is so great to see! And…I think by you doing this, you also give others permission that it is okay to be themselves, and to live life on their terms (and that is even greater and more beautiful!). Sunshiny, cloudyshiny, rainshiny…we’ll all be happy, shiny people!! Oh, and coffee?? Do I really NEED coffee?? Well…I’m going to keep you in suspense…that question gets answered here later this week…(Tuesday, I think)

@Katie West – Hey, look who is back!! Great to see you again! In a game of puddle jumping and tag…I’m pretty sure your four year old is going to win!! Have fun, though, with all that your day holds!!

@Evita – Hi Evita. Yes, this e. e. cummings quote is all about fun (isn’t it great!). And reading it makes me want to find some extra ways today to bring on the fun. Have a very fun-filled and wonderful day, Evita!

@Mark Salinas – Thanks much Mark!


Jill November 29, 2009 at 10:57 am

Love playing in the rain. Oh, and where can I find those boots? They would so add to the mud-lusciousness. Happy Sunday!!
.-= Jill´s Last Fabulous Post ..Who are you, and what have you done with Jill? =-.


Caroline November 29, 2009 at 11:00 am

How fun is that quote!? The world is indeed a fun filled, delicious place. This is a great reminder too…especially this time of year when everything gets too crazy. We need to take time and play in more mud puddles.
.-= Caroline´s Last Fabulous Post ..I just couldn’t wait… =-.


CG Walters November 29, 2009 at 11:00 am

Thank you, Lance, for your joyous heart in this world!
.-= CG Walters´s Last Fabulous Post ..Incomplete Belief Systems =-.


Nadia - Happy Lotus November 29, 2009 at 11:21 am

Hi Lance,

I am a puddle jumper…I am notorious for jumping in puddles. So this quote speaks to my heart.

Mud can be fun too but you need the right shoes to fully enjoy the experience. And don’t get me started on rain. I love to walk in the rain without an umbrella. Such an awesome feeling especially if the weather is warm.

And I would love to have such a pair of boots. I have to pass that picture on to Santa Claus. 🙂
.-= Nadia – Happy Lotus´s Last Fabulous Post ..Being Creative =-.


Akemi - Yes to Me November 29, 2009 at 11:26 am

I LOVE that picture! Need to get rainboots like that.
.-= Akemi – Yes to Me´s Last Fabulous Post ..Radical Gratitude: My Twitter Experiment =-.


Elliot Lozano November 29, 2009 at 11:39 am

Lance, great thought. It reminds me of the importance of playing in life.

What happened to just playing? I remember as a kid getting home from school and just playing outside all night long, rain or shine. During the daylight we played sports and during the night we would play hide and seek, catch lightning bugs, etc. When raining, we would stomp in puddles and come back soaked.

A couple Tibetan proverbs are fitting here, “Children are our real teachers. Listen carefully and they will teach you about the lost world of carefree being in the present moment.” & “Just become like a child that discovers the beauty of the world every moment again and again.” (Terrah featured these in her article on 13 life lessons she learned from her travel experiences)

We must introduce the concept of just playing back into our lives. Get lost in the present moment because that is all we have. We should all stop taking life so seriously because none of us get out alive.

Have fun! Carpe Diem!
.-= Elliot Lozano´s Last Fabulous Post ..14 Keys to Happiness for the Holidays & Beyond =-.


Lynn November 29, 2009 at 12:31 pm

e.e. cummings must have been great fun to be around. 🙂
.-= Lynn´s Last Fabulous Post ..Legacy, recipe and bucket =-.


Lance November 29, 2009 at 1:09 pm

@Jill – Well…you won’t find those boots here… If you do find them, though, let me know! Happy Sunday Jill!!

@Caroline – Hi Caroline. Great point, and something I hadn’t thought of – how the busyness of the holiday season can really zap some of the fun from life. So, YES, here’s to a little more play, and a lot less busyness!!

@CG Walters – Thanks much CG!

@Nadia – I love your attitude Nadia!! Warmth definitely helps when the rain is coming down. That reminds me of a soccer practice we had this fall. It was pouring rain, and I still had practice. And it was the most fun we’ve had at practice…until everyone started getting cold. A warm rain is like “fun in the sun…or I guess…maybe fun in the rain!). Let me know if Santa brings you a pair of those boots!

@Akemi – Isn’t that picture all about fun!!

@Elliot – Playing is so good for us…it really helps to take things less seriously. And that is a very good thing. And I love how you have highlighted quotes with children as the underlying theme – they are so good at being free-spirited, and that’s something we can all take something away from, no matter how much we are that way ourselves already. Thanks much for all your thoughts!

@Lynn – e.e. cummings sure does sound like quite the fun guy to hang out with!!


Tim November 29, 2009 at 1:40 pm

Hi Lance:

I don’t splash in puddles or play in the mud much these days, but I frequently play games with the CTA buses in my city as I walk down the busy street near my place during heavy storms. I’ve lost plenty of these battles which have required a change of clothes or a few hours in wet clothing. Either way, I do enjoy myself and would prefer walking in the rain than stuck in a car during rush hour traffic on most days. Thanks for a nice post and picture!


Laurie November 29, 2009 at 2:04 pm

Mud-luscious ….what a fan-ta-bu-lous word!! I can”t think of anyone I would want to get all muddily and puddily with than you Lance and all of the folks that meet up here in the muddy Jungle of Life.! It’s funny, when we let lose and enjoy the simple things in life, like a great mud puddle, the joy bounces all around!
“SPLAT!” I just hit you with a mud ball!!! Bet you can’t catch me!


avtcoach November 29, 2009 at 2:34 pm

Loved coming back for a visit with your exposed post and this one. Thank you for the encouragment of the race celebration. It is amazing what one can do with the right support and mindset. And some training. I have more goals to reach one step at a time. I love coming to your blog for inspiration!
.-= avtcoach´s Last Fabulous Post ..Walking 13.1 miles: Priceless =-.


Angelia Sims November 29, 2009 at 2:35 pm

This brings back memories for me too. I visited Universal Studios in Orlando with my uncle, daughter, and his granddaughter. Hurricane Charlie was moving in bringing lots of rain. The girls, age eight and ten, donned light blue panchos and danced in the rain. What a delight and what memories! I agree puddle wonderful! It’s raining today here in Texas but we go forth brightly. What a beautiful day 🙂 Happy Sunday Lance!
.-= Angelia Sims´s Last Fabulous Post ..I don’t “do” Black Friday =-.


Tabitha~ichoosebliss November 29, 2009 at 2:47 pm

I use to fear the rain after hurricane Katrina, but today I run in it each time. For me it feels like I’m being cleansed in God’s love. ?

Happy Sunday Lance!!
.-= Tabitha~ichoosebliss´s Last Fabulous Post ..Sunday’s Life Lesson =-.


Henie November 29, 2009 at 3:58 pm

YES, YES it is! To play in the puddle of life daily is the secret behind the biggest SMILES!

Hugs, Lance! Great to be able to stop in again:~)
.-= Henie´s Last Fabulous Post ..Daily PhoThought #12 =-.


Sami - Life, Laughs & Lemmings November 29, 2009 at 4:20 pm

I used to make mud pies as a kid. For the record, they don’t taste like chocolate.
.-= Sami – Life, Laughs & Lemmings´s Last Fabulous Post ..Climbing Out of the Depths of Despair – Part 3 =-.


Wilma Ham November 29, 2009 at 4:21 pm

Playing in the rain and earthly mud is obviously fun.

Playing in the mud and muddy waters created in the office?
Hmm, but so worth giving that a go as well.
.-= Wilma Ham´s Last Fabulous Post ..A whole new world, a whole new community. =-.


Audra Krell November 29, 2009 at 5:07 pm

How do you do it Lance? Always the perfect thought. the perfect pic! Hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful. Ours was lovely, sad to see my family go!
.-= Audra Krell´s Last Fabulous Post ..A Novel Idea =-.


Joy November 29, 2009 at 7:39 pm

What fun! I love rain, I love puddles, and I play in both. My favorite is to run my laps on the beach in the rain. The energy from the lapping waves, the wind, and the chill of the rain is amazing. And everything is plain clean after. I “let” my children play in the rain too–lots of people don’t so that makes it doubly fun for them:)
What a way to start the holiday season–a reminder to tap into wonder and soak in the joy of all of it rather than let the “obligations” you may inherently feel weigh you down.


Lance November 29, 2009 at 8:03 pm

@Tim – Hi Tim. Ha!! I love it, you playing water games with the CTA buses!! Keep on enjoying those walks in the rain…way better than sitting in traffic.

@Laurie – Yes! Mud-luscious is a GREAT word! Oh!! And now I see you’re the one who hit me with that mudball!! Okay, I’ve got several lined up here – and I’m tossing them your way – watch out!!

@Avtcoach – What you accomplished at the race was awesome! Glad to have you here today, and whenever you can make it!

@Angelia – Your talk about Hurricane Charlie reminds me of when we visited Disneyworld when Hurricane Wilma hit (and we were in a tent – yikes!!). Heavy rains ahead of time just made for fun walks through all the puddles (and just generally getting soaked!!). So – I love that you all danced in the rain at Universal Studios!! I hope your rainy Sunday in Texas was a beautiful one!!

@Tabitha – Tabitha, knowing where you came from…you have a completely different perspective on rain. So, I think it is wonderful that you now go out and run in it…that is God’s love in action!

@Henie – “the puddle of life”…I love it, Henie! Life can definitely look like a big murky puddle quite often…if we just jump in, though, we find out it’s really not bad at all, and can be a lot of fun! It’s so good to see you here today Henie! Hugs right back to you!

@Sami – Hey Sami! Well…thank YOU for being our resident mud pie taste tester around here. See, there’s another skill I didn’t know you had. So you are not only Future Girl, you are now also Mud Pie Maven! (has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?!?!?!?)

@Wilma – Playing in the real, earthly mud can be so much fun! When the waters get muddied in real life…that can be a different story – although jumping in there, too, can really be so good too. Stepping back from the mud puddles in life, usually only lead to what was just a mud puddle becoming something much bigger and more difficult to work through. And anyway… mud puddle, even in our daily lives, can be lots of fun, if we approach them with the right attitude!

@Audra – Hey Audra! You are way too nice to me! (you are!) When we make it out to see you (I’m thinking that the more I say it, the sooner it will happen!), you will be getting the biggest hug!! And that wonderful to hear about your Thanksgiving celebration! Ours was great too – although mostly spent on the road traversing the state from one place to the next (what were we thinking, anyway???). Happy Sunday to you and your family!

@Joy – Hearing about you running in the rain, on the beach – sounds so peaceful. And you know what, Joy? We let our children play in the rain too. It’s so much fun! I love the way you tie this in to the holiday season – and think of it as a way to see the wonder of the season…much like the wonder of a puddle of water. Simple joys!


Diane Fit to the Finish November 29, 2009 at 9:08 pm

My kids love to play in the mud! On occasion, as a treat, my older kids will play “stews” with the little ones. They are all Iron Chef fans so the little guys serve as the “shoe” chefs to the big kids! I have to admit I don’t always participate but I have some great pictures!
.-= Diane Fit to the Finish´s Last Fabulous Post ..So Much Thanks! =-.


Marelisa November 29, 2009 at 9:36 pm

Hi Lance: I don’t know what was happening here in Panama until about three weeks ago, but it seems that every afternoon it was raining like crazy. I go out and run in the afternoons, and at first I missed two of my runs because of the rain. Then I thought, “Forget it, I’m going out there even if it’s raining cats and dogs.” So for several days I went running in the rain (and I’m not talking a slight drizzle, I mean it was really coming down hard). It was great!
.-= Marelisa´s Last Fabulous Post ..More on Your Blog’s Unique Selling Proposition =-.


Yum Yucky November 29, 2009 at 9:41 pm

I would so love to go puddle splashing like I was a kid again… Now I just splash dish water ’round as I do house chores. Bah!
.-= Yum Yucky´s Last Fabulous Post ..I Burned Over 5,476 Calories in One Hour =-.


Barbara Swafford November 30, 2009 at 2:41 am

Hi Lance,

I LOVE the colorful boots. They remind me of how adding a playful article of clothing can help us feel like kids again and enjoy the thrill of playing in puddles.
.-= Barbara Swafford´s Last Fabulous Post ..The Battle Over Comments – Part 2 =-.


J.D. Meier November 30, 2009 at 3:46 am

I think it’s a great reminder that sometimes to have fun in the moment, you have to be in the moment.

Mud and puddles can be a blast while you splash around or kick it up … it’s just when you start thinking about how you don’t want to get dirty or how you’ll have to clean yourself up, that it’s no longer fun.

Sometimes life’s messy. Actually, lots of times it’s messy. We just need to know how to kick it up and have fun with it. In the words of Richard Branson, sometimes you just gotta say, “screw it, let’s do it.”
.-= J.D. Meier´s Last Fabulous Post ..Lessons Learned from Oprah Winfrey =-.


Stacey Shipman November 30, 2009 at 5:35 am

I absolutely love putting on my rain gear – boots to head – and walking in the rain/splashing in puddles. Admittedly my boots aren’t as cute and playful as the ones in your picture, but they’ll do just the same! It’s very freeing to just “be” in your environment.

Hope you had a great holiday weekend.
.-= Stacey Shipman´s Last Fabulous Post ..Exercise and Yoga: You’re Never Too Old to Start =-.


Karl Staib - Work Happy Now November 30, 2009 at 7:57 am

I love that all the comments are longer than the quote. It’s amazing what a few well put together words can spark.

I’m a puddle man myself. I take the dog our rain or shine and we run around the local elementary school. She is jumping all over the puddles and mud. I have to give her a hose shower every time we are done. But it’s worth it.
.-= Karl Staib – Work Happy Now´s Last Fabulous Post ..What Hidden Emotional Anchors are Holding You Back? =-.


Lance November 30, 2009 at 12:06 pm

@Diane/Fit to the Finish – Kids and mud seem to go well together! I’m reminded of a soccer game I was coaching a couple of years ago. It was cold and rainy – miserable by most standards. And…the kids thought it was the most fun game of the year – even though they left completely muddy and soaked! And the game your kids plays sounds great!

@Marelisa – Hi Mare. I love your attitude! Awesome that you are getting out there, in spite of “less that perfect” conditions! I find running in the rain to be almost cleansing, in a way.

@Yum Yucky – Hey Josie. Might I suggest that you splash some of that dish water at those kids running around your house…or maybe even your husband! Start a water fight! The “Mom” in you will love it!!!!

@Barbara – Hi Barbara. They sure are bright colored boots!! So, sometimes all it takes is adding a little color to our wardrobe, and that can change our outlook – pretty sweet!! I have some mismatched striped socks I’ll wear to do just that…

@J.D. Meier – Great point! When we start to over-think something (messy or not), we can easily get caught up in why NOT to do it (like jumping in the muddy puddles). And yet, when we do that – when we jump in (to whatever), it can be a lot of fun!

@Stacey Shipman – So…Stacey…we’d have a blast walking down the street on a rainy day! I’m guessing no one would be dry! And I don’t have any colorful boots either (although they sure are bright and cheery!). And thank you, it was a wonderful weekend…although good to get back home, too…

@Karl – Hey puddle man! Maybe that could be your superhero name!! Dogs are a great example of living in the moment – they live for “living in the moment” – whether that’s taking a nap, or running and jumping in puddles! Hmmm…there’s a lot we could learn from these creatures!


I TAKE OFF THE MASK November 30, 2009 at 7:51 pm

The picture says it all! Go ahead, dip your feet into the mud and have fun fun fun in this world 🙂 Let us never forget the spirit of little children.
.-= I TAKE OFF THE MASK´s Last Fabulous Post ..Are You Editing Yourself Too Much? =-.


Hilary December 1, 2009 at 8:35 am

Hi Lance .. not a good idea for us at the moment .. those boots ain’t no good .. you need fishing waders .. and strong legs .. didn’t see yours don’t know if they’be sufficiently strong .. the torso was pretty taught, but perhaps a little lacking muscle for the rain job.

Splashing kids .. aren’t they just wonderful .. great wellie boots ..
Hilary Melton-Butcher
Positive Letters Inspirational Stories
.-= Hilary´s Last Fabulous Post ..What Christmas memory comes back to you at the beginning of December? =-.


Colleen December 1, 2009 at 12:14 pm

Love the kule boots! 🙂
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FatFighterTV December 1, 2009 at 11:00 pm

I have some rubber boots like the one in the picture, but mine are green with a frog face on them. I love jumping in puddles when I wear them. Seriously, that’s what I do when I have them on. 🙂 BTW, love e. e. cummings!


Lance December 2, 2009 at 8:19 am

@Jocelyn – That’s right, dip on into that mud and have FUn with it!! Great to see you here Jocelyn!

@Hilary – Hi Hilary. I guess I’ll just have to keep working on the “muscle definition”!!! So I’m ready for any storm that comes my way!! Little puddles…those I can probably handle!

@Colleen – Hey Colleen! Those boots are really pretty awesome!

@FatFighterTV – Hi Sahar. Green frog face boots – those sound spectacular! And FUN! And so cool that you use these for puddle jumping! Oh, and e.e. cummings is great, isn’t he!


Laura Hegfield December 3, 2009 at 5:03 am

Just took a peek here and saw this as I’m listening to the early morning rain pouring outside my window! Buckets and bathtubs and I don’t know what….but rain that typically should be snow by now. Definitely a day for funky rainboots and mukluks left stored in the closet.

Gentle, splashy,…fun…bouncy, Tigger steps,
.-= Laura Hegfield´s Last Fabulous Post ..Being Home =-.


Lance December 5, 2009 at 12:11 pm

Laura – We had our first snow just the other day. Otherwise, it’s been rain for us, too. And at a time when snow is a little more likely. Today, though, it would have to be a snowball fight here instead of puddle jumping! And I love the addition of your “Tigger steps” here…a perfect fit!!


LisaNewton December 14, 2009 at 8:58 pm

I’m so sorry I’m late with this comment. I just scrolled through my RSS feed, and after the rainy weekend we had here in LA this weekend, I just had to comment.

Sometimes I miss the rain, but after this weekend, I’m only missing the thunder.

Thank you for sharing this great reminder that rain can be fun. For me, because it’s kind of rare, it’s all the more fun.
.-= LisaNewton´s Last Fabulous Post ..Los Angeles’ commitment to Electric Cars =-.


Lance December 14, 2009 at 9:27 pm

Lisa – It’s great to have you here today! And it doesn’t matter when you get here, it’s all good! Glad you had a chance to experience some rain in your neighborhood! I have a funny story about visiting LA about five years ago. We came in November, for a conference I was attending. My family joined me for a long weekend beforehand. We had one day (Saturday) to go to Disneyland…and it rained and was downright cold (even for us, from Wisconsin!). We came up with a new saying for Disney – The Rainiest Place On Earth! My aunt and uncle still thank us for coming, and bringing the rain that year! Seems like by the end of that day at Disney, the rain wasn’t seeming all that puddle-wonderful!!


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