The Ithaca Children’s Garden celebrates International a Mud Day with mud pits, mud painting, mud pies and lots and lots of people covered in mud from head to toe. This year we we’re part of the throng. As I escorted my mud caked children to the towels waiting for us in the car, I over heard a grandparent-type say: “this place is full of people who love life”. It was then I realized that regardless of the rainy, cold weather, I had a smile planted firmly on my face. There is something so very life giving about literally connecting with the earth.