By the Way

Mud, children and a day in the life of a journalist

ANITA LEE

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Luke Fairtrace, left, Colby Guthre, center, and Luna Fairtrace, enjoy what children have loved since time immemorial, a great mud pile. Colby and Luke are 12 years old; Luna is 9. They live in Gulfport's Hidden Creek Estates.
Luke Fairtrace, left, Colby Guthre, center, and Luna Fairtrace, enjoy what children have loved since time immemorial, a great mud pile. Colby and Luke are 12 years old; Luna is 9. They live in Gulfport's Hidden Creek Estates.

Serendipity is one of the best things about journalism. We talk to so many people about so many things, we find a great deal of intrigue, and many bright spots, along the way.

I was on the phone the other day with Gulfport Councilman R.Lee Flowers, who has always struck me as someone with the wide-eyed interest of a child in the world around him. R.Lee enjoys life.

He told me that he was walking through the neighborhood, Hidden Creek Estates north of Interstate 10. He said he saw some kids playing in the mud.

"Get a picture," I told him. He took the picture and texted it to me. And there they were in all their glory, three children covered in red mud and happy as they could be. The picture has to take you back to your own childhood, because what kid hasn't played in the mud?

"Their mom drove up while I was there," R.Lee texted. "She just threw up her hands, shook her head, and told them to go home and take baths."

What a mom. So many moms would have yelled, right?

I called Ann Fairtrace, mom of two of the children.

“That what happens when it rains," she said. "They found that mud. It's boring when it rains, so they figured they would play in it.

“I went and got them and hosed them off with the hose really, really good. Got them in the jacuzzi outside and then they took a bath.

“It's fun. A mud bath is fun.

The picture made me smile during a dreary week. I hope it brought a smile to your face, too.

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