The muddy patch: it’s not a sign of neglect; it’s a mark of childhood.


  1. Every time Brandon grumbles about dirt patches in the lawn, I remind him that we’re raising kids, not grass. That usually just makes him grumble more.

  2. I love your writing Elizabeth. The first time I read it it made me cry because it was so sweet & tender. Of course you are raising kids—ones that like outdoor playing instead of TV. Congratulations-Good Job!

  3. Yes, if I remember correctly, the scoop of dirt was also a mark of your swinging abilities. Don’t ask my why or how, but it must have had something to do with velocity and height and sheer, unadulterated childhood freedom…


  4. First of all I would like to say awesome blog! I had a quick question in which I’d like to ask if you don’t mind. I was interested to know how you center yourself and clear your thoughts prior to writing. I have had trouble clearing my thoughts in getting my thoughts out there. I truly do enjoy writing but it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are lost just trying to figure out how to begin. Any ideas or tips? Cheers!

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