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Happy Face

Mish is hosting dVerse Quadrille today.  We are asked to use a variation of the word “Smudge” – so many ways this word could be used so I went through my photos, looking for inspiration.  Landed on this one and well, just had to use it!

Smeared and smudged

face full of chocolate

Putting on a show

with makeshift microphone

belting out pure joy

at summer’s freedoms

Can it get any better than this?

Childhood is not meant to be

neat and tidy all the time

the hose can wait


161 thoughts on “Happy Face

      • Kids need to be kids. And you have to let that have fun. One time Tristan announced that she and David were going to go outside to shoot at each other with Airsoft guns. Laurie said “Okay! Don’t break any rose bushes!” David stood there with a dumbfounded look on his face and told Tristan: “My mom would freak out over us shooting at each other, and all your mom has to say is ‘Don’t break the rose bushes!'”? Tristan often thanks us for letting her peruse her many interests and allowing her to be weird. She said so many people in her cohort are really messed up from growing up with dominating parents or in broken households.

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  1. Aww, that looks like so much fun. Parents should definitely let kids have their fun like that; my parents did, and there are childhood photos of my hands smeared with cake. : )

    You really said it all here:

    “Childhood is not meant to be

    neat and tidy all the time”

    ❤ ❤

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    • Absolutely, it does! Apologies for my tardiness – you somehow ended up in my spam! The nerve of WP!
      I could not agree more (obviously as this is my kid 😉 and it’s the way I was brought up too.
      ❤ ❤

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  2. Oh my! This is so cute, and so true. Such a fun and sweet thing to read and see this morning, Dale! ❤️
    When we used to go to Ocean City in the summer, we had a tradition of always getting an ice cream cone as we left the boardwalk. Younger child as a toddler was always covered in ice cream when we got home. But that was part of the fun!

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  3. Dear Dale,

    Adorable smudgy punim. How well I remember the makeshift microphones…anything from toilet paper rollers to spoons to thumbs. 😉 Love the verse.

    Shalom and lotsa messy hugs,


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    • Dear Rochelle,

      This punim gave me more than one occasion to capture it, let me tell you. Makeshift microphones are the best, aren’t they? (Besides the fact that they don’t actually enhance the vocals… kids are already loud enough!) Glad you enjoyed, my friend.

      Shalom and lotsa lighthearted love,


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  4. Now that’s what I call a real smudge, in fact it is so much of a smudge that is more a big splurge, and he makes it look really easy to accomplish with a chocolate surprise for anyone willing, or daring enough to kiss him.

    A fun posting that offers a smudge of a wicked time for all chocolate lovers, hey but I won’t go into the many varied ways of smudging, or I might get kicked off the WordPress before I have fully returned.


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  5. Beautiful interpretation of the word smudge, Dale. He looks really happy and I am guessing he enjoyed his chocolate. I agree with your poem, that summer can be a great time in our lives, especially a carefree childhood summer ❤

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    • Thank you, Mabel. And yes, he absolutely did 🙂 To think this is over 20 years ago!
      Summer is a time to let go a little. And as children, it should be more free than the organized, regimented summers they often end up getting. I think Covid actually helped kids be more kid-like since all the activities were closed!

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  6. Q

    That’s the life right there. When you can wear your food and people snap pictures of it instead of calling the cops. We don’t know how good we have it until it’s too late!

    Reminds me of when I would have whipped cream battles with the kids. The rules were simple. One can of whipped cream in the aerosol can apiece. One paper plate to use as the delivery system. And go!

    Messes make memories.


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    • Thank you! And I know! One day you are free to have fun, next you’re being rapped on your fingers for being too childish….


  7. Love this!
    The hose sounds like a lot of fun, too.
    First, have fun smudging and singing. Then Have fun running in and out of the hose’s water stream, screaming. Then re-smugde, thne re-hose …. could do that all day …. if I was still a kid.
    Sweet pic, Dale!

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    • So glad you do 🙂
      Isn’t he just a cutie-patootie?
      And yes! Why can’t we, now that we are adults? Tell me! Why can’t we just let go now and again?
      Thank you, Sorceress!


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