The Muddy Shoe Game

My spirited 6 year old daughter has started coming home from school with wet muddy shoes on a regular basis.  Last week I’d had enough.

I asked her, “Really?  Again?  Why? “What could you possibly be doing at recess that would get your shoes that muddy!?!  Well???” I say.

She looks at me, wheels churning, “It’s just so wet at recess…too many swamps.  I play this game.  I just can’t help it!”

Yesterday, I found out her game.

I went to pick my daughter up from school.  As I was waiting in my graham cracker crumb filled mini-van, I spotted her a distance away.  All of the other children are quickly running or walking away from the school.  Not my daughter.

She is standing on the grass, just off of the walkway, on the precipice of what appears to be a gigantic lake of water–a 10 foot long puddle!  I see her innocently dip the toe of her shoe in and I know there is little hope.  The puddle is beckoning her and, sadly, I am too far away to save the shoes!

Suddenly, she makes her decision.  She leaps like a sprinting deer and bounds straight through the length of puddle!  Noooo!

We have now started the Davis Family Footwear Foundation and will be accepting mud-free shoes and rain boots in a child size 11.

Grateful Mom Goal of the Day:  “I am grateful for my spirited daughter.” Now repeat 5 times.
Everyday Goals, Day 7: Do something nice for someone.  Organize–anything!


  1. Yikes! My son is a big puddle-lover too. He will be wearing his rain boots a lot this spring!

  2. This has never been an issue for me. My son hates the rain, puddles and everything else associated with wet….. Including SHOWERS! So be grateful the mud is on the shoes, not everywhere else!

  3. Okay, I had to laugh at your post…my kids would be just like your daughter…lol!

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  4. Hi, Janae. I have this exact same problem with my sons. Instead of walking around puddles, they will go out of their way to stomp right into the water and get their sneakers and the cuffs of their pants soaking wet. Perhaps it brings them a joy that we have forgotten to experience as adults. I am passing by and following from the Tough Cookie Mommy Community on Blog Frog. I would love to add you to my blog followers too.

  5. Ah!! She loves rain puddles…but I can understand the frustration of having to dry those shoes out every day…..hmmm, lets hope this puddle dries up soon!

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  6. Wow, I so hate to have my feet wet, I can't even imagine. Willingly getting them wet? And then coming home with wet shoes? Madness. Pure madness. I'd rather walk on nails.

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