October 24, 2011: A Jump in the Mud

~ by Mary Galvano

Rain is a welcome here in Florida. The Lord knows we need it. It is beautiful and can be comforting. Rain can also create the funniest stories. I had to share this one.

My mother was watching my niece and nephew, and their dog, Oreo, in Ft. Myers where they have been getting torrential downpours. I was told the area received over 7” of rain! When the three of them arrived home they had to get Oreo outside to do her business. Even though it was still raining, Mom and the kids decided it was best to let Oreo go out into the rain than have an accident indoors. Springer Spaniels love the water anyway, so you would think.

Opening the back screen door to let the dog out, Oreo just stood there. She wanted nothing to do with the rain. My niece, nephew, and Mom did everything they could do get her to go outside, but she refused. My mother decided to sit in the screened-in patio area with the dog until she did go. Finally, Oreo made her way outside only to find a hole she created that was now full of mud. And as any normal dog would do, she jumped right into it and splashed around. Then, like a flash of lightning, Oreo ran back inside ending with a flying leap right onto my mother’s lap! Her tail was moving a mile a minute making sure mud was flinging all over. Mom was covered from head to toe with mud. Even her face was so covered it was unrecognizable. Meanwhile, the children stood by laughing hysterically. Talk about revenge, or a good sense of humor on Oreo’s part.

Then, Oreo dashed into the main part of the house getting mud all over the floor and furniture. It was a mess! At that, my niece picked Oreo up and headed to the bathroom. The next thing you know both my niece, nephew and the dog were in the shower together, with their clothes still on. My mother found humor in this scene as my nephew’s head peeped from one side of the shower curtain and my niece and Oreo were on the other side. The dog and the children were having a grand old time under the shower water. The bathroom was covered with thick black mud!

With the bathroom being all muddy, Mom was actually happy that there was evidence for when their mom came home. She thought she would never believe this story otherwise.

The children, my mom, the dog and the house eventually got cleaned up and put back in order. The memory of that afternoon will be a funny one to keep in the memory bank. I am sure those grandchildren will have many fond memories of their grandmother. Moments like these are reminders that God does have a sense of humor, especially through the lives of our beloved pets. He wants us to laugh and to enjoy the precious gift of life. This was a sure example of the innocent behavior of children and their loving dog. This is a good example of how we should be.

The moral of the story is, the next time there is an opportunity to jump in the mud or to remain clean and dry, choose to jump in the mud. Life will be so much better for it.

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Mary Galvano-Bajohr is a singer/songwriter, LPGA golf instructor, speaker and author. On the golf course she is a dedicated professional, but go to a Yankee game, a Pro-life event or other venue and you just might see her step up to the microphone and sing the National Anthem or the Ave Maria.

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