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Encouraging Heroes. You can be one too.

This little episode happened last spring. I ran across the pictures when I was going through my files and thought I’d share it with you, Internets.It was a lovely warm spring day. The rain had ended and there was a perfect puddle waiting at the end of the driveway for Captain Earthquake and The Manager. Being boys who were 4, they were out the door as soon as they spotted the puddle. Hubby was able to snap pictures without their noticing right away. Gotta love that zoom lens.
two boys playing in puddle
It all started out well enough, with plenty of splash room for everyone.
2 boys splashing in water puddle
The Captain got right into the swing of things. The Manager, on the other hand is a more particular fellow. He likes a clean hand.
toddlers splashing in water of mud puddle
Oh look. He’s warming up to the mud.
boy lifting shirt of brother, hand full of mud
toddler shoving mud into brother's pants
Wait a minute. Is he doing what I think he’s doing??
boy patting brother's back after putting mud in his pants
Yep. And he pats it in for good measure.
boys playing outside after rainstorm
Apparently the Captain doesn’t mind.
wet muddy boy
Nope. Doesn’t mind at all. In fact, he had already landed in the water a few minutes earlier. To our knowledge, he never realized that he was a crime victim that day.
wet boys looking at camera after noticing dad
Whoops. Camera spotted.

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