Burnt Toast And Butter

This is Deputy Digby Pancake.  If I would have known it would be so hot in this Oregon place today, well, I would have planned a trip to a big lake with snow around it.  OH?  That IS where we are going today?  Good thing we drove all this way for it! We can’t wait!

This morning as Girl Person was taking us on a walk thru the campground, we saw and smelled the usual things.   You know, old trash in the overfilled dumpsters, campfires, the lovely smell of restrooms not cleaned from the day before and from persons emptying their RV holding tanks.  Oh? You are eating your breakfast?  Sorry about that.  I just had my breakfast and left half of it on the carpet.  It’s a good morning.


Speaking of breakfast, on our walk, we passed by a campsite that was filled with memories for Girl Person.

Good morning, yesterday
You wake up and time has slipped away
And suddenly it’s hard to find
The memories you left behind
Remember, do you remember?

She told us a story about when she was a little person that her Granny Person always made her breakfast when she stayed the night there.  She said that on the mornings when she slept in too late and missed the pancake buffet (I am gasping at how you could do this), that her new choice of breakfast was toast.  And the question always came from Granny Person.  “Would you like your toast burnt or regular?  And butter or no butter?”.  And Girl Person always answered, “Burnt, Granny.  With half a stick of butter”.


Now, at Granny Person’s house, you didn’t ask questions about the food.  You knew it would be good, Girl Person told me, even if there were crumbs left in the butter from the day before.  I myself, if I have slept in too late prefer my own fan and matzah. Or matzo. Which one is it?

The laughter and the tears
The shadows of misty yesteryears
The good times and the bad you’ve seen
And all the others in between
Remember, do you remember
The times of your life? 

Persons seem to have many memories.  But what I often wonder is why can’t they recognize the good things happening in their day before it is a memory?


Memories are wonderful things, especially when you miss someone not with you anymore.

Reach out for the joy and the sorrow
Put them away in your mind
The memories are time that you borrow
To spend when you get to tomorrow

But do you also recognize when you are living the times of your life, now? The little things?  The funny things?  The things that didn’t go as planned?

As dogs, we are fortunate to live in the moment, and every moment to us is now.  Every moment to us is special, because it is new.  Persons have the privilege of memories, but it is up to them to not only remember, but appreciate the now.  And if you remember something today, hopefully it makes your today better.

Gather moments while you may
Collect the dreams you dream today
Remember, will you remember
The times of your life?

Burnt toast may not have been as delicious as a stack of pancakes, but for Girl Person, the memory was the most delicious of all.  Sitting at Granny Person and Pappy Person’s table talking over burnt toast with half a stick of butter at the time may have been normal, routine and ordinary. But for her now, that memory is a treasure of what it meant to have such wonderful people in her life.  Don’t let an ordinary moment today only be appreciated years later.  Live like a dog today and lap it up!  Take it in!  Burnt toast and butter.  Its wonderful.

Remember, do you remember
The times of your life?

Today, we are headed to Crater Lake National Park.  And then on Thursday, we will be starting our trek to the Oregon coast. Will you join us? Check in with us on Facebook and Instagram for updates all day!

-Deputy Digby Pancake

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3 thoughts on “Burnt Toast And Butter

  1. Janet Schaeffer

    Don’t for get to go see the volcanic tubes well you are there. they are amazing. Enjoy yourself well in one of the most beautiful states in the lower 48.

  2. Brenda MacDonald

    Oh, Digby. That one made me cry, because I remember my own Granny person, and wish I had recognized how wonderful the time with her was. The simple, ordinary toast time. And the song pushed me over the edge! You can not be old enough to know that song you sweet dog!

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