Wednesday, 14 October 2015

FEELING DOWN IN THE DUMPS?

Not generally a fan of graffiti, I was nonetheless drawn to a sign I spotted at Crescent Beach painted on a bright green trash bin. It reminded me of a poem I once wrote. "Come out and play," the words say, because whenever anyone feels down in the dumps getting out in nature grows an appreciation for life.

Since the bin stood alongside a fence, I was also reminded of the fictional character Tom Sawyer who convinced a boy that painting a fence was not hard work but rather a delightful adventure. As someone who lives where showers fall throughout winter to early spring, I've convinced myself that walks in the rain can be just as wonder-filled as they are in the sunshine.

I'm not sure in what context Mark Twain, author of the Tom Sawyer story, said "Reality can be beaten with enough imagination" but I've discovered that imagining makes my walks more enjoyable whatever the weather.

Copyright by Penelope Puddlisms

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15 comments:

  1. It is true. A brisk walk in the fresh air always improves my mood. Thank you for sharing your poem.

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  2. A very nice poem to go with the graffiti sign!

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  3. Interesting sign, but I'm not sure I want something to come out of a dumpster to play.

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  4. Most rainy days, I tend to stay indoors. On sunny days I would do what the sign says.

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  5. Why do I think of a scary movie when I saw this?

    Frankly My Dear

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  6. I like the graffiti message and the poem! And the green fence is perfect. Have a happy day!

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  7. Absolutely a day brightener! Great shot.

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  8. YOu know I would not have thought of the analogy of Getting out of the Dumps and playing from seeing that Dumpster by the fence. - Very clever thinking and so true.

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  9. it is a rather friendly message, i suppose. :)

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  10. that bring back such great childhood memories. to "Come out & Play". ( :

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  11. Fun photos! And when there is no alternative I love walking in the rain.

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  12. I remember this poem of yours, Maria, and I love it. My little grandson finds happiness in the softly falling rain, wearing new waterproof boots, hat, and coat. He recklessly plunges into a puddle, splash, and laughs.

    Yoko

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  13. Love the poem and the graffiti -- in that particular place and with that degree of wit -- definitely falls on the good side of graffiti! I'm not a huge fan of rainy days, but I will attempt to follow your example (and that of that other famous writer) and ignore reality. Assign we are ever lucky enough to actually get some rain here. We need it so badly, even I will not think of complaining when it comes this year!

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