Play in the mud

Go play in the mud

Sometimes my thoughts are hard to pull together and everything feels muddled in my head. It’s almost as if my brain is walking through a sea of mud. I think that’s why there are times when my words gets lost. They must get stuck in the puddles of mud sloshing around in my head.

I loved playing in the mud when I was little. After a good hard rain, on many occasions, you would find me in the backyard making tiny trails in the mud for the water to pass through. One time I even tried making a mud castle. That didn’t work out so well.

I didn’t understand the dynamics of mud, but I figured if you could make a sand castle then why not a mud one. It ended up looking more like a giant blob of poo than a castle by the time I was finished. The wetter it got, the ickier it became.

Does anybody know how to dry up the mud in my brain? Maybe if I could find that out, my words wouldn’t have anything to get stuck in…cause they get stuck a lot.

Those stuck moments can be super embarrassing when you’re in an important meeting trying to get a point across or in the grocery store asking the person stocking the shelves for the location of the peanut butter. Have you ever tried to locate the peanut butter without using the word peanut or butter? It can be rather comical.

Me: Do you have any of that stuff you uhm…put on bread? [moving one hand like I’m using a butter knife to spread something on the other hand.]

Stock Person: Butter?

Me: No, no, you know, it’s gooey and you eat it. [pretending to eat a sandwich…surely I’m making sense now]

Stock Person: [looks at me funny]

Me: Uhm…you use it to get gum out of hair.

Stock person: [keeps looking at me funny]

Me: It’s brown and sticks to the top of your mouth. [talking like I have peanut butter stuck to the roof of my mouth]

Stock Person: Oh, peanut butter.

Surprisingly, people will know exactly what you are talking about if you give it some time and a little bit of imagination.

Get creative and laugh when you stumble finding your words. Don’t beat yourself up for the fact that it got lost somewhere in the puddles of mud in your brain, instead turn your word search into a game of Jeopardy to Charades. Anything can be made fun if you don’t take life so seriously. Lighten up and go play in the mud.

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About the Author
Penelope Conway

Penelope Conway
Penelope started Positive Living with MS as a way to help others with MS stay positive in the midst of a terrible disease. She believes that staying positive and holding onto hope is the key to waking up each morning with the strength to get through the day. Multiple Sclerosis may never go away, but neither will her determination and her drive to help others through the journey.

6 replies
  1. Rodger Ashton-Smith
    Rodger Ashton-Smith says:

    Well written (not said) I have that problem sometimes and have to get creative in what I am saying or asking about. It’s quite amusing what you can think of and what you can’t say.

  2. Heather Adsit says:

    When I get rushed… Yup this is me
    It annoys me…. But I’ve learned to just go with it.
    Getting upset about it just makes it harder.

    Recently my husband has found me when we are rushing to go somewhere…. Just starring blankly into space.
    Lost and not being able to remember what it was I was looking for.

    Because of this… I have a dry erase board in every room in my house 🙂

    When I remember something I write it down 🙂 or grab my phone and post a note 🙂

    Laughing is the best way to deal with it.

    I just tell people I have a loose wirelol

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