Eating Dirt And Worms

Day 6 - #WorldWatercolorGroup - Eating Dirt And Worms - Dessert Fun Treat for Kids with Oreos pudding and gummi worms - #doodlewash

At first, I had no idea how to take a spring prompt of “worms” and convert it into an edible treat. But while visiting an ice cream place at lunch, one of my coworkers had the solution. I ordered my usual, boring to some, scoop of vanilla on a simple cake cone. My coworker had ordered first and was still waiting to receive his, so I asked what he’d chosen. He said, “Oh, you’ll see” in that way that someone sounds when they’re infinitely sure they’ve made the better choice. When the lovely lady behind the counter handed him a cup, I looked down at it and sputtered, “Oh gross… what the hell is that?” He looked at me incredulously and said, “dirt and worms” as though I should have already been aware of such amazing cuisine. Apparently, you pulverize some Oreo cookies to make some dirt which you put over ice cream or a Cool Whip/pudding mixture and then sprinkle gummi worms on top. The end result looks wonderfully ridiculous, and I was secretly jealous that he had managed to get an even more childlike dessert than I had.

This sort of fun food makes me smile. I don’t actually care for most of the ingredients here, but I certainly appreciate the creativity. As a kid, these types of treats were always a happy thing to receive. My mom used to cut and boil hot dogs in a way that turned them into little men. Even when I was a teenager, I remember still requesting them. The idea that we become too old to enjoy silly things has never really stuck with me. I think as I get older, I even get a bit sillier. Why wouldn’t I? I’ve lived long enough to realize just how ridiculous life can be sometimes and that knowledge only leaves two options. To laugh or cry. Of course, laughter is the only choice and keeping that childlike spirit alive the only thing that keeps me going some days. Even if the idea of eating soil isn’t appetizing, the sheer thought of doing something a bit naughty has always appealed. Nothing horrible, just little things that remind you that rules are made to be broken. And that breaking them is a hell of a lot of fun!

So when it comes to whatever creative pursuit you choose in life. Remember as you learn your craft to always imagine what a child might do next. And feel free to break some rules. It’s the best way to discover things that would never have been found. It’s a way to unlock that super cool creativity that resides in all of us. There are “proper” ways to do most things, but those ways always yield the same results. If you want something new to happen, you have to bend and often break those rules and come up with your own way of approaching things. Combining the weirdest elements, to come up with something fun and new. I often miss those wonderful days of childhood, but doing creative things each and every day always keep me feeling youthful and alive. Things that the other more grown up people around me might not imagine doing, like eating dirt and worms.

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 Day 6 - #WorldWatercolorGroup - Eating Dirt And Worms - Dessert Fun Treat for Kids with Oreos pudding and gummi worms - #doodlewash

 

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Published in By Charlie
24 Comments
  1. e j modasky 4 months ago

    you did a good job of getting the post done in your usual great style! I can’t get into eating stuff they make around Halloween time, now and think it is great fun to eat…I am considering skipping the worm post unless some idea comes crashing into my brain…I got into reading all about worm holes—and even ordered a book on the subject…I might do the Author in sort characachure (sp????) style…chances very few will know it is “good” or not…tee hee.

    • Author

      Thanks so much!😃💕 LOL… I realized now the “worms” prompt was probably a bad one. This image, even in candy style was by far my least liked image on social media! I guess worms just aren’t typically on a “things I’d like to paint list” hehe

  2. jmnowak 4 months ago

    Rules! It’s like, let’s eat dessert first, which used to get me into trouble. But, why not? Who says?!! I luv the doodle and wonder if Charlie will give this dirt + worms a try next time, just for fun, despite the calories. 🍧

    • Author

      Thanks so much, Janina! 😃💕 Yeah, to heck with rules! Lol I don’t know if I’ll ever try this though… I think the combo is a bit weird. More of a texture issue than anything. Lol

      • jmnowak 4 months ago

        Aww, it’d be no different than having a bowl of muesli with yogurt. As for the worms, kinda reminds me of the stretchy gummy lollies we have here called Snakes. Great fun! PS: Luv your new blog theme. 🎏

      • Author

        Lol… snakes sound awesome! And yay… glad you like my theme! 😃

    • Elizabeth 4 months ago

      I made the mistake of eating desert first in the college cafeteria. I thought college students, away from home and parental eyes would be more understanding. Maybe even inspired. But, no, I got chastised by everyone who walked by. Now I just do it where no one can see.

  3. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 4 months ago

    Your creativity awes and inspires me. This was a terrific article to read. Childhood is such a time of wonder, and the more of our childhood presence we can maintain in our adult lives, the better we are, the more we have to give, and the more wonderful the world is for everyone.

  4. debiriley 4 months ago

    imagination plus! you know I love it Charlie! 🙂

  5. Monique 4 months ago

    Great attitude!
    I painted an apple with something sticking out of it that only I know Is a worm😕

    • Author

      Thanks so much, Monique! 😃💕 haha! That’s awesome. yeah, the “worms” prompt is going to go down in history I think. It was probably the most difficult prompt I’ve ever included! lol

  6. matraskarate 4 months ago

    Great post charlie…

  7. Whaaaaaaat? I’m just going to lie down…

  8. Laura (PA Pict) 4 months ago

    Fun! I had not heard to worms in dirt until I moved to America. I have made it for my kids a couple of times and they loved it. I did a variation on it for my preschool class for groundhog day – with a teddy cracker acting as the groundhog.

    • Author

      Awesome! 😃💕 Yeah, I figured this one would only be recognizable in the States. I’ve still never tried it, but I’d be all over this kind of thing as a kid! Fun!

  9. Elizabeth 4 months ago

    Worms as a prompt isn’t so bad. Robins like them, I enjoy watching robins hunt. Also, it is good to give people, including yourself, a tough challenge. See, you even came up with something edible to humans.

    As for wild imagination, it isn’t just for kids. My Grandfather was truly inspirational. Just one example: I had my crayons and paper, considering what to color. He suggested a “figment bug”. Having no idea what it was, I asked him to describe it. Fifty years ago, and I still remember it. A turtle shell body, head and neck of a giraffe, license plates ….

  10. Elizabeth 4 months ago

    Gramps would have been 113 years old today. Remembering him brings me a smile and a couple tears.

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