i want my kid to know the joy of getting covered in mud.
to weave his fingers in and out of blades of grass.
to find a big puddle, plonk down in the middle of it, and SPLASH!
to poke at snails.

i want him to play under the sprinkler.
to dig holes.
to follow a lady beetle to the furthest corners of the yard.
to find out what lives under that rock.

and if his clothes get a bit grubby, he gets big smudges of dirt on his face, and his fingernails are filthy, GREAT!
if he sometimes has to have two baths in one day, oh well!
as far as i’m concerned that means he’s doing childhood right.