As in the words of e.e. cummings today was "mudluscious" and "puddle -wonderful". The kids were having a blast digging for worms, filling up buckets with mud, and making mud soup with the yummy ingredients of leaves, pine cones, and twigs. I was lamenting all day that I had forgotten my camera. It was a beautiful sight to see. The kids were all smiles in the schoolyard today working cooperatively on their muddy projects, and there is a good reason for that. Recent studies have shown that exposure to dirt increases levels of serotonin which makes you happy. There also is research that suggests dirt can help your immune system as well. Here are links to two articles that will make you want to get your child out playing in the mud and puddles!