July 29, 2008

all splashed and muddy

July 28 044

"The flat creek bank was warm, soft mud. Little pale-yellow and pale-blue butterflies hovered there, and alighted and sipped. Bright dragonflies flew on blurry wings. The mud squeezed up between Laura's toes. Where she stepped, and where Mary stepped, and where the oxen had walked, there were tiny pools of water in their footprints.

Ma laughed when Laura and Mary came to dinner and supper, all splashed and muddy, with green necklaces around their necks and the long green tubes in their hands. They brought her bouquets of the blue flags and she put them on the table to make it pretty.

'I declare,' she said, 'you two play in the creek so much, you'll be turning to water-bugs!'"
-On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder


gina marie said...

What sweet muddy toes! What is it about mud puddles and kids? They seem to have some sort of magnetical pull that just can't be denied.

jo(e) said...

Nice picture.

And I love that book.

Gawdess said...

and bathed in light!
I read those books over and over again.

Yankee, Transferred said...

Oh, I want to surround this child with hugs.