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Dirt

2009 January 25
by Peg Mosel
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The Filth That Is You

     How much fun is it to work outside in the dirt?

     Now, I am not talking about a little dirt … here and there. Oh no. The kind of get down dirty I refer to is slogging around in the dirt, becoming literally covered from head to toe, including hair, shoes, face and all parts in between.  The soil and filth about which I, and others (you know who you are), refer.

     Oh the pure joy of it! Could there be anything better for us grime-loving earth lovers of dirt? I really don’t think so. I like it best when it is not too wet, nor too dry, but somewhere in between. It can be loose, not too tightly packed, but not sand.

     Yes! To be in that abject manner of impurity, so dirty you don’t want to stop, come in the house and clean up; yet not dirty enough to have satisfied the filth that is you. Some onlookers may stare, most likely thinking, “Now, how did she get so dirty?” To us dirt lovers, we take not a notice. We prod dirtily ahead knowing that we are in one heavenly state of uncleanliness.

     I am soiled, stained, and yes, muddy. That is the mantra of the dirt lover.  Dirty, yet joyful, content in the knowledge that they are doing exactly what they have been born to do. Their destiny fulfilled, their sense of raw defilement satiated. How much fun is it to work outside in the dirt? Just about the closest thing to heaven here on earth and every grimy, filthy, mud hole in between.

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  1. seth everitt permalink
    January 26, 2009

    Very nice AP! My favorite kind of dirt is the kind we used get from the bottom of Winona Lake. Not near shore but the kind we found near the center, 15 feet below the waters surface. It was dark brown and black muck and perfect for throwing at your friends. As we laughed, retaliation would be felt and smelled all over our own faces. Then it only made sense to cover our entire bodies in the black filth. Black-Warrior-Monsters-of-the-Lake. Thanks for reminding me of my dirty side. haha

  2. Joseph Bastow permalink*
    January 27, 2009

    Peg:

    Great to see you here! I really enjoyed your piece and am able to say, with relative confindence, that you share some of Scott’s mannerisms with language. Wonderful! I especially enjoyed:

    “Yes! To be in that abject manner of impurity, so dirty you don’t want to stop, come in the house and clean up; yet not dirty enough to have satisfied the filth that is you.”

    as well as:

    “. . . doing exactly what they have been born to do. Their destiny fulfilled, their sense of raw defilement satiated.”

    I’m glad to see that you finally got through our beloved (though finicky) editor. Splendid!

    Joe

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