Little son discovers grass….

Little son discovers grass…., originally uploaded by asiya2.

We have spent the morning in the garden. Little son was fascinated by the grass. My kids belong on a farm. They are always in the dirt, whenever opportunity strikes. This means as soon as I sit down to feed the baby. I think dirt is good for them. But we do live in the city and this is a hassle.

Where I grew up it was taken for granted that children would be dirty. Clothes were old and darned and we wore gumboots (wellies) all year long. It was the country, we were aware that water came from the sky, not taps, we understood that it is precious. Baths happened at night time and if we had to go to the shop covered in mud during the day, so be it.

Here, my kids play as though they are on the farm, but if I take them out they are expected to be spotlessly clean, hair brushed, sporting the latest “designer” fashions. I refuse to worry about this. Childhood is childhood. My concern for my childrens wellbeing is exactly that, concern for them, not the neighbours.

So bring on the mud!


7 Responses to “Little son discovers grass….”

  1. Shula Says:

    Right on.

    I grew up in gumboots, too.

  2. Suroor Says:

    Did you know I suffer from OCD to clean?!

    But I love you so “bring on the mud”! *looks around nervously*

  3. shaz Says:

    I completely agree!!!!! I love to let them play outside, I did it as a child, I LOVE it! 🙂

  4. Irving Says:

    Good for you 🙂 If you care what the neighbors or anyone else thinks, you have created a prison of their opinions and locked yourself inside. Here’s to dirty and happy kids!!

    Ya Haqq!

  5. Asiya Says:

    Ah, glad you all agree. don’t worry Suroor, I won’t bring them to your house!

  6. monasays Says:

    a little dirt never killed anyone. and my mom always said it didn’t help your child’s immunity if you kept them too clean, or their environment too sterile.

  7. Asiya Says:

    Your Mum is smart! It’s true, allergies are on the increase because we are too clean.

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