Author Jennifer Brimley does not teach English. Science teachers can write too, and they can be a part of an organization aimed at encouraging students to learn through writing (any subject). In the real world, every professional uses writing to communicate and think. Jennifer’s students do too. We are so proud that Jennifer is a part of CUWP. Enjoy her writing below.
Mud. Even the name is gross. Mud. Squishy, tacky, sticky, wet mud. Mud that sticks to the bottom of your shoes and gets caked on. Mud that can’t ever be completely cleaned off. Mud that gets tracked all over my house. Mud that lies sneakily, pretending to be regular dirt, but you know differently as soon as your foot steps in it.
Mud that makes me abort a perfectly nice stroll in the woods. I was enjoying the crisp near-freezing air, the sunshine, the smell of the woods, the sounds of the snow melting and falling through the trees, the flush of my cheeks as they try to stay warm, the pumping of my blood as I hiked up a hill. And then there was the mud. Every step I took, my foot squished and slid a little. A few times, I almost lost my balance and fell. Then the mud would have won. But I didn’t let it take me. Instead, I went back to the safety of a manmade structure, perched on an uncomfortable bench, and began complaining about the mud. So I guess, in the end, the mud did win. Now my name is mud.
If you are interested in becoming a member of the Central Utah Writing Project, we invite you to apply for our next summer institute.