For some reason, I thought those boots, especially the green version with yellow trim, were made for sloshing through shhhhh, um, sludge in barnyards. It never dawned on me that you could buy them at Wal-Mart or that they are available in kid and adult sizes. Aha! What a revelation when I did discover them at our Wal-Mart! We got a pair for Kate, a pair for James, a pair for me, and even a pair for our niece Victoria. Woooooooohooooooooooo! Do you know how much fun it is to ramble through the backyard and down the edges of the neighbor's field, hunting for giant puddles, sloshing and stomping through the water, and occasionally getting a boot suction-stuck in the mud?
We haven't gotten the boots on our feet yet this spring (although the ones in the pic are really ours, and the puddle is one that always forms at the end of the driveway). Today looks like it could be the day to play in what I think could be called Puddle City! Okay, so Irvington, population 800 on a busy afternoon, is not technically a city, but that could still be a terrific nickname for our little town.
Yep, Puddle City, home of "The Ditch Kids." You see, the story goes that two teachers from our little town were both teaching at a school in the bigger town nearby (population 12,000, which is really oh so much bigger, wink). Mrs. Bennett told me that she and Mrs. Obermeier would inevitably mention the Irvington kids' ditch explorations every spring. One year, as signs of spring became apparent, one of the other teachers asked the Irvington women whether or not "the ditch kids" were out yet. What a perfectly wonderful, absolutely descriptive name for it! If I had the patience to write chapter books, I'd be all over that title! Can't you just see it?
The Ditch Kids and Their Puddle Town Adventures
Speaking of children's book adventures, James and Kate and I started reading Roald Dahl's The BFG last night. Oh, my, oh, my, we are going to have fun with that story! James actually guessed that BFG stood for Big Friendly Giant, and Kate giggled through the descriptions of how human beans taste, even though she didn't "get" all of the jokes.
Well, time for me to do a few more things and contemplate whether our afternoon should involve rubber boots and puddles or a quick trip out of town to the nearest Lowe's or both :)