That's not dirt, or chocolate, or the remnants of her latest art project.
This is in fact, the result of a faceplant.
Aunt Julie was waiting for Stella after school.
Stella took off running to greet her aunt.
Stella tripped. In slow motion, I swear,
she landed face first in the cement, at Aunt Julie's feet.
Enough blood oozed from her 5 year old mouth to supply the American Red Cross for a year.
She survived, and is trying hard to get over her latest facial features.