Day 14: Embrace the Dirt

Courtesy of Etsy via Pinterest

I love this, because it’s so true.

Over the years, I have repeatedly commented to the boys about their ‘dirt’ smell.  You know the smell I mean.  The one where you’d swear they were rolling around in the top soil, shoving musky earth into their pockets and under their nails, because… oh yeah, they WERE!

We have a pile of top soil in our yard that my kids, even at 11 and 9, still love to play in.  All summer, I wanted to deep six the dirt pile use the soil for other things and put in a sand box instead.  But the boys and their child-at-heart father all told me what I already knew (and was hoping they’d skim over):  the soil is way better than sand, because it can be shaped, formed and moved to make a highly complex system of roadways and tunnels.  Sand is just too dry (and they didn’t even accept my suggestion of soaking it with a hose). 

So, the soil stays put for another year.   Who am I to put the kibosh on their creativity? 

The result of course, is the constant dirt smell, and a filthy and continuous haze all over my floors.   But whatev.  They are having fun, often spending 1-3 hours at a time working together, planning, building, testing and then problem solving, revising, improvising, and improving.  There are a lot of really good things happening in that soil. 

The noise can keep the dirt. 

This post has been linked to the 31 DAYS series.  You can start from the beginning here, and check out the other 31 Dayers here by visiting The Nester.


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