In my writings, you will hear me sometimes use the term "puddle duck". Perhaps you are wondering what strange bird this must be. If you are a parent, you will probably already have a good idea.
A puddle duck is any child whom must jump and splash in every rain puddle available. It does not matter how many request you make for them to remain mud free. It is far more important to explore each and every drop of rain, puddle and flowing rain-made creek than to remain mud free.
You can not help but laugh at their antics. As you envision what they will look like by end of school day. Somewhere under all that mess is your child! You happily accept them off the school bus as they come running up the driveway. Oh yes, they have hit every single puddle big or small along the way. Maybe they stop to bend down and watch a leaf floating there. Or giggle at an animal dashing through the wet rain. Water fascinates a puddle duck.
You get them inside --- finally. Warm water is run into a tub to avoid little puddle duck from getting a big cold. You leave your puddle duck to the business of getting clean. You don't hear a sound...all must be well, right?
Suddenly, you hear it! The sound of a giant splash from the bathroom. As a parent, you know without looking what has happened. Your puddle duck will not be kept from fun. He or she is busy creating puddles in their bathroom.
Oh well, perhaps God likes to jump around in the puddles too. It'll call clean up anyway with some towels...maybe a mop...and some Tide laundry detergent. God must like to play in the puddles because He gave us all our little puddle ducks.
(c)Susan Morton. October 2007.
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