On the other hand, do
go for walks in the country after it's just rained
, while it's raining
, in just-spring
or in the summer
. Wear your wellingtons
, or if you only have one pair of shoes
, go barefoot
. Do not wear your only pair of shoes
through the inches of mud, cake
it up, see what big rafts of mud you can make on your feet, then run for a puddle
them and start again. Bring a friend and see who can make the biggest muddy splash
(you'd better have dry clothes
at home to change into). Slog
to the top of the field, and survey
the grey countryside
. Best if foggy
you're on a planet
with high gravity
, lifting each mammoth
foot with great effort.
If it has just begun raining, and there is a dirt road nearby, and the road is not rocky but smooth (or clayey), and it is summer and the dirt was packed, sometimes you can slide in the slick new film of mud: just run and slide, like on the surface of a pond in winter.
And when you're filthy, just an utter disgrace, and your friend is too, you can play Who's the neatest? and fall dramatically into the mud. Then stumble home, hose off, wash the mud out of your hair, and drink tea.