Toward the end, in a casual meeting in a snowy Winter glenn, Johnson asks Bear Claw Cris Lapp (Will Geer) what month it is. Cris replies that he's not sure it's February, but probably March, and adds: "March is a wet and muddy month. Some folks like it; farmers, mostly".
I live in Oregon, and I find all months from January through April to be "wet and muddy months". I endure it, because the year-around verdure of Oregon is worth the rain-forest climate we live through for a third of every year.
But it can be difficult for some of us. This from a recent edition of the Salem Statesman-Journal:
Wet cemetery pulls woman in
She says she was stuck in mud at a recent burial site for almost an hour
January 18, 2006
MONMOUTH -- The phrase "one foot in the grave" has a whole new meaning for Clara Connelly.
"People are always making a joke about it," she said. "But I actually experienced it."
Connelly, 81, was visiting her husband's grave Sunday at Fir Crest Cemetery when she stepped near the edge of a recent burial and her foot plummeted into the soggy ground, she said. She was stuck up to her knee in mud for nearly an hour before managing to pull free.
"It was a gloomy day, and it was getting to be dusk," she said Tuesday when she returned to the site. "Nobody knew I was there. No car went by. There I was out in the open, doing the splits."
Connelly laid her head on the nearby stone marking the resting place of her sister and brother-in-law and prayed. Every time she tried to pull her leg out, it seemed to sink farther "like quicksand."
Mrs. Connelly eventually managed to work herself free, and from the reports seems to be recovered from the grisly experience.
There's a pun in there, but I won't say it!