For Southern Girls, summer means running around barefoot and lying out under the sun. It’s a time for barbeque and a chance to spend time with friends and family. Often, people see summer as a good reason to be lazy, but it’s also a great time to be fun and adventurous. In my experience, being adventurous usually requires throwing on grubby clothes and finding an excuse to get dirty.
Here are a few ways to get a little mud on your clothes:
1. Mud Runs
Whether for a charity or just for fun, the rise of “mud runs” throughout the South has given Southern girls the perfect reason to get dirty. Pick just about any given Saturday, and there’s a good chance you’ll find Southern girls getting muddy, climbing ropes, army crawling through dirty trenches, and scrambling over barrels in snake-ridden creeks.
2. Flag Football
Some folks like to call it Powder-Puff, but that seems a little too soft to describe the one sport in college that I broke my nose playing when a guy stiff armed me instead of grabbing my flag. Whether it’s sorority league, co-ed, or just a girl’s league, flag football is a serious sport. I’ve been known to give speeches, bring a playbook, or recruit former Division I football players to coach the team.
There’s nothing like eating strawberries grown from your own backyard, or in my case, your grandparent’s backyard. They just taste better when they’re home grown. I love me some home grown okra, corn on the cob, and tomatoes, too, and appreciate that my Southern friends and family don’t mind getting dirty to put food on the dinner table.
I can’t tell you how many times I begged my older brothers to let me go paint ballin’ with them, and when the day finally came that they let me tag along I had the time of my life. The trick is to wear camouflage and stay low until the other team gives its position away. Southern girls keep their pink at home for this one because they know it’s a sure fire way to be seen a mile away.
5. Mud Fights
Sometimes you don’t need a reason to play in the mud. Just wait till after a good rain, round up a few friends, and find some muddy earth to jump in to your heart’s content. Know that jumping in mud will turn into throwing mud, but if you’re like my friends and me when we were in college then find a good city fountain to clean off all that mud when you’re done. That’s what they’re there for, right?
Be it a 4-wheeler or a pick-up truck, if you’ve never been muddin’ there’s a good chance you’re not Southern. Just don’t be a show-off. Everybody knows there is always that person that leaves the mud on his or her truck for days and then drives it around town to let people know they’ve been mudding. Don’t be like that. Southern girls go muddin’ and then wash their own trucks.
Fishing is what you make of it, whether it’s an hour at the dock or a full day out on the river. I can still remember back to those glorious days of my youth roaming the lakeshore digging for worms with my cousin, and while I don’t claim to be an adept fisherwoman, when my 3-year-old asks me to bait his fishing hook and hands me a cup of dirt with squirmy worms, it’s not a good time to get squeamish.
If you’re scared of tight places, bats, or the dark, this one’s not for you, otherwise grab a friend and headlamp and go caving. Do your research so you know what you’re getting into and whether you’ll need extra gear, and bring a change of clothes for the ride home because you will get dirty. Not that you’ll mind.
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