What Fell On The Roof?

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle.  One day you have sunshiney.  You love it.  You appreciate it.  But you know it can’t stay forever.

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The next day, there are tornado warnings. Wind. Campers scurrying around like mice under the Big Blue Treat Wagon RV.

The persons have all kinds of choices in the RV when this happens.  Do you put out the awning and risk it being torn off the motor home or flying away?

Or do you leave it down to protect all your stuff outside which is not worth a dime or a penny or half a penny?

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Do you try to drive to a safer place or hunker down?

Or maybe if you are Boy Person, you decide to get on the roof when the storm is coming and sweep off the leaves so that they don’t clog up the drain parts and make the roof fall in.

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But maybe he should not have done that.

Because as he was up there, and Girl Person was trying to forget he was up there because he won’t listen to her, a boom of all booms happened.  And it wasn’t thunder.  Something had fell on the roof. Girl Person jumped up like someone had just announced there were puppies nearby!  She was afraid of what she would see.  But there Boy Person was on the ground.  He had gotten off the roof just in time as something has fallen on the roof.  That would be part of a tree.

Girl Person had never been so happy than to see Boy Person on the ground.  But he wasn’t so happy.  He said that there was probably a hole up there.  And by the sound of the boom, everyone was sure of it.  But as he went up there to check…again…it had sounded worse than it was.  And tragedy was averted for the Big Blue Treat Wagon.  Once again.

We made it through a very long afternoon and very scary moments.

But life can be like that.  We all have to go thru storms.  We can’t have all good days.  We can’t live like Digby Pancake.

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But what I learned from the tree falling on the roof is that things sometimes sound worse than what they are.

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It is easy to overreact and to think our world has come to an end.  But if we can stay calm and think, is there another way to make it through the storm?

I think that there is.  Because the rain can’t last forever.

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The storm won’t last for all our days, but we know that the sun will always come up.  Just don’t go up on the roof.

-Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

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Gerry The GirHALF

This is Deputy Digby Pancake.  Some days you don’t feel whole.  Like when you only get half a stack of pancakes.  Or half the bottle of maple syrup.  Or when you are half a giraffe.  Meet Gerry The GirHALF.

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I found Gerry The GirHALF on the beach the other day.  There he was, just laying in the sand with half a face and one of his legs was half sized too.  I was pretty much barkless.  But I knew that I couldn’t just leave him there.  There was still just enough room in this Big Blue Treat Wagon RV for another friend.  Especially one in Gerry’s condition.

Girl Person put him in her backpack and we brought him home  Boy Person said he didn’t really want to be sad for a GirHALF but he was.  He said that he could live here too.  But we already knew that he could.  After all, Jax, Sharkee and all the others were waiting for him.  The more to pawty with, the bigger the pawty!

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We didn’t really have to think very hard about his name, because all of you helped us.  Gerry the GirHALF was official.  Sheriff Brickle was real excited about it.

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But it wasn’t this Gerry…he spells it Jerry. Because he isn’t a giraffe. He’s a singer.

Or this Gerry who spells it Jerry. He also is not a giraffe. He’s a comedian.

Or this Jerry.  He makes ice cream.  I like ice cream.  But he doesn’t spell it like Gerry.

No, you see, Gerry the GirHALF was indeed a special giraffe.  We may never know his story.  Or, he may choose to tell us one day why he is so different.  But when others come into our lives that may be different, it is up to us to appreciate them for what they are and recognize their beauty.  Sometimes, it is hard for them to see.  And we have to help them.

But maybe, just maybe, that someone who needs to be reminded of special beauty is ourself.  Do you ever feel like you are half of what you used to be? Then give yourself a full day of fun.  A full day for you.  And that’s what we decided to do with Gerry The GirHALF. Because he didn’t know how truly amazing he was!

So we started the day by taking him hiking with us!

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Then we sat in the shade and talked about his home of Africa.

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Then we watched the birds fly from underneath the trees.  I can only imagine he had eaten from a few trees in his lifetime!

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As good as this was, I told him about how we would go home, have breakfast and then lay in the sunshiney!  He was really happy about that.  At least, I imagined he was smiling.

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I can only think that we will be getting to know Gerry The GirHALF over time.

We all have a story.  

Some wounds are seen from the outside.  Some we hide very well.  Some make us better for it.  Some we have to try and forget.  But whatever makes you feel whole, give yourself a day.  A full day to remember it. Not half.

-Deputy Digby Pancake

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