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My magical Gumboots. Friday September 4, 2015

It has been raining a lot here recently, well thats understatement, the creek at the back of my place has flooded and I could swim from my place to the general store about 500mtrs away.

I was feeling really confined as I hadn't been out for a while. So I put on my gumboots (wellington boots/galoshers), my raincoat and umbrella. It started to rain quite heavily on my walk but I felt fine. I love my gumboots as they take me to places I could not go with my joggers. I like jumping in puddles or simply stepping in water so I can continue on my walk. What would I do without my gumboots, I would be stuck inside on wet days.

It made me think about things that help me negotiate the world when I am not really coping - I have a handspun shawl my mother knitted for me that I wrap myself in when I need a boost. I have colourful socks which make me smile.

What about not actual things but metaphorical gumboots to make life easier. I sometimes imagine my smile is magical and will let me manage a bad day.

Maybe I need a pair of colourful invisible gumboots that will help cope with difficult situations, that will make me stand tall when I feel like slouching, that will encourage me to get dresed when I want to stay in bed.

What are your magical Gumboots that help you and make you smile?

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Paul Fri, Sep 4th 2015 @ 6:49am

Great post Leah, I like to see watch my grandchildren when we go out walking. Th excitement when they see a puddle is amazing. Again I think your post proves some of the best things in life are the simple pleasures. Let's hope it keeps raining.


Christine Fri, Sep 4th 2015 @ 7:51am

Leah, where in the world are u? I am in Norfolk, England and it has been very wet here lately, I don't like getting wet!! I presume gumboots are like wellington boots? my husband helps me so much, and walking, in the dry!, in the countryside helps too, we all have something different I suppose. Christine

Leah Fri, Sep 4th 2015 @ 8:06am

Paul thanks for your comments?
Christine, I live in Australia where contrary to popular belief it does rain as well as shine!!
I wonder if I am the only Aussie on moodscope- probably not!
A few translation notes- as I put in the blog gumboots are like wellington boots. In Australia there a gumboot throwing competitions, painted gumboots, and every farmer would own a few pairs. We even have songs about gumboots.
Travel tip #1:When putting on gumboots especially in summer months always look inside in case there is a spider.
500metres is about 570 yards and about 1/3 of a mile.

I hope my blog makes you smile!

Leah Fri, Sep 4th 2015 @ 8:09am

Paul- not sure why the question mark at end of my statement.( I have a theory that they just turn up anyway)
I really enjoyed your comments and love the delight you take in your grandchildren.

susan Fri, Sep 4th 2015 @ 9:19am

Hi Leah, the image of you wearing colourful socks inside those gumboots and jumping in and out of puddles is really delightful! I tend to get horrifically negative when depressed, so your blog is very helpful. Magic smile? Definitely going to try that one. Thank you:)) xx

The Gardener Fri, Sep 4th 2015 @ 12:32pm

Oh Leah, you've wrecked my day. Australia! E-mail from friends in Adelaide yesterday talking of their spring. They have a delightful 'custom-designed' retirement bungalow with a small but sheltered garden. They have hundreds of books I did not get round to reading, we think on congenial lines. Breakfast in the garden - with the rainbow lorikeets chattering over my head (I love, and have a great affinity for birds). We all know that due to age, health and distance we will never meet again. When we last parted, in Amsterdam, the wife, a most level-headed lady and a marvellous cook, was unashamedly in tears. Oh, won't somebody invent a magic carpet. The skies in Northern France suddenly got darker.

Barbara Fri, Sep 4th 2015 @ 12:56pm

Leah, I knew u were an/in Aussie from the title of your post. You are not the only Aussie on here ... But I am in Spain, after decades in the uk (so I know about wellies, too). I loved your post, especially the words/phrases creek and general store. Brought it all back. Your blog made me homesick. What state do you live in? X Barbara

Julia Fri, Sep 4th 2015 @ 3:22pm

Hi Leah. (It's probably your night time now) I love my wellies and feel good wearing them too. I am not sure though what my magical gumboots are. I do know however that when I'm feeling low, having a really bad day, I can suddenly feel comforted if a certain thought or image flashes through my mind. These thoughts are grounding and bring me back to a comfort zone I guess. It can be daft things like doing the washing, hanging it out, a favourite TV programme, having coffee with a friend, browsing in an antique shop. It's odd but I never force or seek out these nice reassuring thoughts but they do appear often when needed most. Almost as if by magic.

Lex Fri, Sep 4th 2015 @ 4:13pm

Magical Gumboots,
They sound like Fun Boots;
Making us stand tall and smile.
If you're ever feeling down,
Put 'em on and stomp around town
Jumping in puddles like a child.
I guess when we're grinning,
The battles, we're winning,
And Gumboots can help win the day;
So I wanted to say, "Cheers"
As I grin ear-to-ear
For you've inspired me to go out and play!

Kirsten Fri, Sep 4th 2015 @ 5:16pm

What a wonderful post! I think I have a few. Interacting with animals is a sure bet. That and music would be my most reliable Magical Gumboots. Whether feeling down, or just tired, music can make all the difference. And stopping what I'm doing to dance is like a reset button. I wish I could do that in public, particularly in at the office. I really rely on it at home.
Thank you for your post, Leah!

Kirsten Fri, Sep 4th 2015 @ 5:17pm

Lex, love your Magical Gumboots poem! I'm going to print it out and pin it up at my desk.

Lex Fri, Sep 4th 2015 @ 5:32pm

Thanks, Kirsten... made my day x

Leah Fri, Sep 4th 2015 @ 10:15pm

Thank you all for wonderful and thoughtful replies.
Susan, thanks for your reply. I am glad it helped in some small way.
Gardener- Not sure what to say. I will work on the magic carpet. Memories can be bitter sweet. Take care.
Barbara- G'dday mate! I am in NSW. and you? You can email me through Caroline if you want to.
Julia- I like the idea of comforting thoughts.
Kristen- Dancing is a great idea- children often have a happy dance!
Lex- like the poem , I can see a collaboration here!

Christine Sun, Sep 6th 2015 @ 9:05am

Leah my sister is in Brisbane, she was over here recently and it was so good to see her, thanks for your blog and reply I feel connected, I have many ups and downs, Moodscope really helps, all the best Christine

danielle Tue, Sep 8th 2015 @ 10:47am

I love all of these posts, my magical gumboots is a cup of tea. some days i get through the day from one cup to the next but i do manage! i have 22 different varieties at home and six teapots (restrained by shelves) and numerous cups and mugs. deciding what combination of tea/pot/mug is a little luxury before i sit down and enjoy the drink :)

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