Memories From The Past
The Mud Puddle
What may have been the best mud puddle in Lynn Garden was at the intersection of Forest Street and Woodland Avenue. Forest Street is now Delwood Street, renamed when 911 came into being. Woodland Avenue runs up a slight hill, along the front of John F. Kennedy Elementary School, previously Lynn Garden Elementary School. This was before we had paved streets in Lynn Garden.
The mud puddle was across the street from the
home of one of Lynn Gardenís many cute children. I was fortunate to attend elementary school and high school
Shelley was and still is one of the sweetest persons you will have the good fortune to meet, as her husband Ron, I am sure will attest. But Ė back to the mud puddle.
The spot of this mud puddle always seemed to be at the least damp and after a rain it would easily cover one-half of the intersection and be 3 or four inches deep. The inherent wetness was probably due to a small spring somewhere nearby.
We lived about three blocks from my grandparents and my parents and I would walk down to visit. They lived two houses past the mud puddle, looking down on Gate City Highway.
It was during one of these visits when I was 4 or 5 years old, that I got to fully explore the mud puddle. I donít remember if it was early fall or late spring but I can remember how I was dressed. Momma had dressed me in a brown tweed outfit, the pants being designed like riding pants and the jacket coming just below the waist. Since this was before synthetic fabrics, the material of construction was probably wool or a wool/cotton blend. The matching cap was of the aviator type with button down flaps.
As we approached the mud puddle, I ran ahead and instead of going around the puddle, I waded out to the middle, my mother screaming at me I am sure. I sat down in the puddle with probably a big grin on my face. The next I remember is nearly getting my arm jerked out of socket; my mother had waded in behind me and pulled me out.
I probably got a spanking and had a soggy walk home.
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