Are You Waving At Me?

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle. We’ve all been there. To a time and a place where the clock stood still. To a time and a place where you didn’t know who that was, but only that maybe you did. To a time and a place where someone waved at you. And you waved back.

Girl Person was at the grocery store this weekend.

Buying her usual round of matzo crackers and ice cream for me, Digby’s maple syrup and Boy Person’s favorite cereal. She threw some paper towels and cauliflower in her basket and she was out of there.

Girl Person isn’t the how do you do I’m doing great and life is fabulous and everything kind of girl. No. She’s the I’m outta here and I’m peopled out and I have two dogs to get home to and I want to make some vegetarian lasagna type of girl.

So when she so speedily pushed her shopping cart to the car, ready to throw everything in there and get home, she looked up to someone frantically waving at her. Her first reaction was to think she had to run, run, run. She had a vegetarian lasagna to make. Or she could turn that shopping cart around and pretend she needed more oregano. Anything.

Instead, she gathered up her saneness and tried to push away the crazy. And she mustered up all her courage to wave back. After all, that was the polite thing to do. This person must know her and not know she was rushing home to the cutest dogs in the world.

And obviously, this person didn’t know. Because as Girl Person said hello, the waver rushed by her faster than her self esteem drifting away. The waver was waving at someone else.

Well. That was a predicament. Girl Person was embarrassed and wasn’t even worrying about her lasagna now. She had to cook up some courage to make this look like she knew all along that wave wasn’t for her. She looked around. Had anyone else saw this situation? And right in front of her was another shopper rushing to get their peanut butter cake or something. And he thought she was waving at him! When he realized she wasn’t, the whole waving situation kept going and no one ever really found out who was being waved at. Was it a hello wave? A goodbye wave? The world will never know.

You see, saying hello and acknowledging others is one of the things we can do to make someone feel like they matter. That they aren’t invisible. Do we realize the power that acknowledgement has?

I know that when persons speak to me and Digby and don’t just walk on by, it makes our day. We want to be noticed. Dogs get frustrated when we can’t greet each other. Why aren’t people more like that? When did it become ok not to speak or say hello?

Girl Person realized that although that wave wasn’t meant for her…actually…maybe it was. Who has passed by you today? Don’t you wonder what you missed? That’s me. I’m waving at you.

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Your Waiting Room

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle. Some great things happen when you get older. You get wiser if you learn from mistakes. You get more grey hair which shimmers like diamond sunshiney.

But some things have happened as I’ve gotten older that I’m not so fond of. I forget where I’m going. I get scared of things that didn’t used to scare me. And I have more trouble getting up and down.

Seems to me, the more time I spend not moving, the more I notice the wrong things in life. When I’m moving and the scenery changes, so does my focus and what I’m looking at.

I prefer to always concentrate on me and my handsome. It’s easy to do.

And slowing down as I’ve gotten older is ok. But doing nothing is not ok. What happened to Digby scared us all when he got sick. And yes. We are still worried. But waiting for something bad to happen is not the answer. We can either be in the waiting room of life, waiting for someone to give us bad news. Or. Even before we hear our name called, we can make up our minds that we will make the best out of whatever situation we are presented with.

If we wait to be happy till whatever it is we want to happen happens, we may be waiting a long time. And even if we get whatever it is we are waiting for, will we appreciate it even then? Or will we look to the next thing?

Right now, our family is waiting. We have three more weeks here at camp. And we have to decide where to go. What to do. We did wait for Digby to get a little stronger. But truth is, we got lazy. We need to stop being lazy and live life. That’s what our hearts are telling us to do. And we can’t make our hearts wait. Stay tuned…and I guess that means you can have a seat. We will call your name when we are ready.

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