This muddy pool has history.
A few years back I was crouched next to it trying to point out a dragonfly. My old treadless walking boots and a muddy bank are a perfect match. Much laughing as Dad falls headfirst into the stinky soup.
“It makes you look more like a Neanderthal”
Looking back at my life it’s probably my only really useful talent. Being the hapless butt of so many put downs.
While batting in a cricket match against my former team filled with friends the bowler sledged me with the immortal line “Can I borrow your face will my bum goes on holiday for a few days”
In the same match another bowler shouted as he got me out “Don’t worry old boy. a lot of people don’t have talent”
A football referee (and friend) said when he was going to book me for a foul “I can’t seem to remember your name, please don’t help me. I’m just going to write down numpty”
Another time remember climbing a crag in Scotland when I heard a shout below from my one of my climbing partners “You have the poise of a one legged mountain goat”. Followed by another voice shouting “Looking up at your butt will haunt me for years, it’s that big it’s got its own climate”
At the local fun park ticket office (and very full) my very young son announced to the crowd “This is my Dad he is a Muppet”
At school when asked about what looks or personality they got from each parent our son said “in the case of my dad thankfully it’s just his eyelashes”
At an airport passport checkpoint as the Officer looked at my passport son said “yes my dad does look a bit suspicious but don’t worry he’s just from Yorkshire”
At son’s nursery a young boy asked how old I was. When I told him his face filled with wonder and he just said “Wow” – even the young join in….
Just too many to mention. But you get the point.
I will say this quietly. But I do enjoy it so much. It’s nice to see people laugh. It’s nice occasionally to feel like you are the centre of attention. It is also reassuring that no one is going to be offended – certainly not me as I am so used to it.