#998 Getting grass stains

First of all, getting a grass stain means that you were running around at high speeds without proper equipment. Maybe you slid last-minute to avoid a frozen tag or made an awkward, somersault dive at a line-drive wiffleball. Either way, the grass stain symbolizes your large, devil-may-care investment in having balls-out fun, and that’s something worth respecting.

See, boring people, like myself, rarely get grass stains running around because we’re always doing it in Umbros and shinpads from 7:30 to 8:25pm on Mondays down at the indoor Sportpark.

Now, when you’re just running around full throttle in cords and a sweater until you trip on a rock and fall down a hill, my friend that is something. Walk home with pants full of grass stains, some spicy kneeburn, and mud-caked shoes, and you’ve just had yourself a great day.


Hold on to that cookie!

132 thoughts on “#998 Getting grass stains

  1. Awesome thing #998.1: That picture.

    Not only is the kid running around, loving life, and getting grass stains, but he has the presence of mind to save his cookies! You can almost hear the thoughts running through his head: “to heck with these white pants.. I’ll even sacrifice this well-before-its-time hat to the tell-tale streaks of green summer fun.. but for the love of god, I AM SAVING THESE COOKIES FROM TOUCHING THE GROUND!”

    I hope that after he fell, he just layed back in the summer sun, his eyes lightly shaded by the wide brim of his cap, and just chomped down on the oatmeal raisins all afternoon, grass stains and cookie crumbs be damned.

    1. Haha! I had a friend who was eating icecream while one a skateboard, he was falling but he wanted to save his treat… He put his arm behind his back so nothing stopped the fall… He broke his arm but he was gripping the ice cream victoriously(:

    2. Very well put!! I don’t think that’s an oatmeal raisin cookie though. Looks more like vanilla oreo to me. ;)

  2. Freddo, I doubt you’ll see this comment but I wanted to remark on how AWESOME I think your comment is.

    I saw the photo and felt the same way, then I read the comments section (comment) and you perfectly put into words what I was thinking. Save the cookies!

  3. So, is this photo a stock photo from someone’s “Kid who smartly does not sacrifice cookie” Web site as the previous commenters said, or was the photo taken by the blog author?

  4. Nah, the picture just is from a Google Image search — the very kind people who own it said I could use the picture, so I just dropped it on there. Honestly, I didn’t even notice the cookies until you guys pointed it out. But I do agree that it adds to the awesomeness.

  5. Hey everybody — I’m the photographer, and that boy is my son, Gregory. I love Freddo’s comment! Back when Gregory was little (he’s 7 now), I used to write down cool things he said or did. That picture was posted along with the “quote of the day” on May 23, 2002. It said: “19-month-old Gregory was playing in the backyard wearing stone colored khaki pants that later became stone-and-grass colored khaki pants. When he came inside he studied the grass stains on his knees carefully, then finally said, “Uht oooooo.”

    The picture was captioned, “How you get grass stains.”

    I always loved that he saved his cookies! Now that’s he’s 7, saving the cookies is still very much a priority for this young man!

    You can see lots of pictures of Gregory and his brother, Bradley, playing in our yard in this awesome slide show. My favorite!

    Thanks for the extra smile today! :D
    Julie Walton Shaver Lifestyle Photography

    1. I love that the photographer has been able to fill these details in – thanks Jules. When you just gotta know the story behind the picture – the web is Awesome!

  6. I’m actually working on a photo exhibit right now, kind of in the style of Jill Greenberg, of children falling down and eating grass, concrete, metal stairs in the middle of summer, etc ad infinitum. I use a high speed film so I can catch the trip, the moment of impact, and the post-impact. Tears are good, but blood is much better.

    1. I should be saying you’re sick..but it actually sounds very interesting. I would pay money to see that exhibit.

  7. OMG I TOTALLY LOVE THAT! Even though I hate it because my its always my favorite jeans getting stained! But still, the feeling is just amazing!! : )

  8. I never [well hardly] sit on the grass because of my hayfever. So it is very unlikely I would get it! hehe ;]

  9. It’s kinda sad being the type of person that never gets grass stains ’cause she is too scared of getting dirty. :( Even when I was a kid. I know I missed out.

  10. I love the blog. I found a funny site earlier today. I needed to remove a blood stain from a t shirt. the site is called 10 Worst Stains.

    Now, if I could just find a site to tell me what to do with the body!

  11. Hehe my mom always used to get mad at me because I would always come home with grass stained shorts and knees, with scabs and cuts galore, from a awesome day of riding my bike!

    1. that sounds more like a day learning to ride a bike and falling off to stop. Ahhh… the good old days.

  12. For the first 16 or so years of my life, I had grass stains probably almost every day (when there was grass, that is). My poor mother would grumble and pull out the stain remover on a daily basis.

  13. Oh god, I love grass stains! And I love tumbling down a hill in the summer, it’s the ultimate freedom! :D Can’t wait to do it again!

  14. that´s just awesome when u play around get grass stained it´s been a while since i dont get a grass stain i have to get soon

  15. I’ve always liked the way grass stains smell. Yeah, I know… but it’s not as weird as the alarming number of people who “love the smell of gasoline.” Those people are the real freakidoos, not me.

  16. I’m allergic to grass, so grass stains aren’t very awesome to me. Hospital bills for the allergic reaction I’ll have aren’t awesome, either. Sorry, but I can’t agree on that one.

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  18. lol my brothers were so bad for this, right up to grade eight (soccer is messy) though i was probably just as bad most of the time, they ended up ruining a lot more pants :P

  19. i love this :p and its so true. whenever i got hurt riding my bike when i was a kid, i would walk so proudly back home. you’d think i’d just won the worlds awesomest person award.

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  21. Hey, I’m 50 and I still get grass stains. And for all of you out there who have to try and get the grass stains out, especially of white clothing – here is my mom’s fail-proof remedy – put the freshly washed and still wet clothing items to dry, flat, on the grass outside on a sunny day. The sun “lifts” the chlorophyll from the grass and, also, it lifts the grass stain out of the clothing. But watch out for dandelions – don’t put the wet clothes on dandelions- they leave yellow stains!

  22. There is one “clean way” to get grass stains and keep your neighbors smiling…Just try to dry “home-grown-greens” in your clothing dryer, like a bunch of us did in the 70’s…OR NOT!!!
    I go right Gary Larson, “Far Side” on “grass stains”…don’t want anyone to lose their cookies… I too am a cookie monster, and why exactly was Katie Perry kicked off Sesame Street anyway… I hear she’s a nice girl!
    Well, that’s all I got on “grass stains”, lest I get kicked off Awesome-Land:)
    Just one final note on “home-grown”, don’t ever try to dry it in your clothes dryer…one clean way to get them

    1. just pointed out to me, this did end off odd didn’t it…or fitting with comment???

  23. Last year the first guy from my group of friends got married. I was one of his groom’s men, and we did some assumingly cool outdoor photos (I’ve not seen them yet, so I can only assume they’re cool!). Well, the photographer decided we all needed to jump off some large rocks while standing on a hill. I enthusiastically did so, but with total lack of grace and slipped and got grass stains on my rented tux!

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