The Big Rock Candy Mountain

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle. And some days, you just have to wake up and see that today is going to be a sweet, sweet day. First of all, because you get to see my face. Second of all, because life is good. If you taste it.

In the Big Rock Candy Mountains,
There’s a land that’s fair and bright,
Where the handouts grow on bushes
And you sleep out every night.

If we have a problem, and all of us have many, especially me as Sheriff, well, it may be a bit hard to remember that out there is your big rock candy mountain. What would it be like at your mountain?

For me, I think that the rivers would be flowing with smooth peanut butter with no salt of course, because I am salty enough. Plus, there would be nothing but sunshiney and a shade tree, just so that I could rotate my tan lines.

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There would be a big, plush bed for me to lay on under that shade tree, along with a cabinet for my badges, awards, arrest records and extra snacks. I would only have the key and it would be stocked every day by Girl Person who would smile and laugh and never have that Depression Monster following her.


Digby says that his mountain would yeah, be made out of soft pancakes so that when you wanted to climb it, your paws and feet could sink into it so that you couldn’t fall. And then when you reached the top, there would be buffets as far as the eyes could see with every kind of pancake you could imagine and every kind of maple syrup that you could imagine.

And you would eat until you were full so that you wouldn’t eat the pancake mountain and be able to get down. That would be very important. Then, Digby says he would take a nap under his pancake tree, and that he would water it every day and it would grown more pancakes.

There ain’t no short-handled shovels,
No axes, saws nor picks,
I’m bound to stay
Where you sleep all day,
Where they hung the jerk
That invented work
In the Big Rock Candy Mountains …

Plus, he would have plenty of chickens around to lay him all the eggies he could ever want.  Already cooked perfectly.

In the Big Rock Candy Mountains
All the cops have wooden legs
And the bulldogs all have rubber teeth
And the hens lay soft-boiled eggs

Digby also says that everytime he gets arrested, at his big rock candy mountain, he could get right out again.  To get arrested again.

In the Big Rock Candy Mountains,
The jails are made of tin.
And you can walk right out again,
As soon as you are in.

So what would be Girl Person’s big rock candy mountain?  I suspect it would be full of many rescue animals, all happy and roaming free as they live with no chance of ever getting hurt or lost.  Everyone would be loved and well fed.  There would be all kinds of vegetarian dishes growing for her like lasagna and spaghetti and pizza and yeah, her river would be flowing with Sonoma County wine as far as the eyes could see.

In the Big Rock Candy Mountains
You never change your socks
And the little streams of alcohol
Come trickling down the rocks

But the question is.  What would be at your big rock candy mountain?


Although it is fun to imagine what we would love to live like if the world was perfect, we have the opportunity to all make our own big rock candy mountain, every single day.  We can each go to it when we are feeling sad in our minds, and imagine that sunshiney, warm on our heads, and the water cool on our feet and paws.  If there is a big rock candy mountain that you have always wanted to go to, how can you make it happen? Where is your map?  How will you get there?

I’m headed for a land that’s far away
Beside the crystal fountains
So come with me, we’ll go and see
The Big Rock Candy Mountains.

Life is too short to wait around and wish for your mountain to come to you.  Because mountains my friends, well, they don’t move.  We have to find them.  And they are out there, even on our darkest days.  Even on days we think that the rain will never stop.


We have to keep moving, keep going to find the mountains.  It is worth the effort, worth the struggle, and you are worth it too.  I know I am.  But that is as obvious as my brindle beauty. Which looks perfect at my big rock candy mountain, by the way.

-Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle


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2 thoughts on “The Big Rock Candy Mountain

  1. LuAnne Hadfield

    LOL! I loved The Big Rock Candy Mountain as a child! Of course, as a child I thought it was all about candy! Love to y’all🐕🐕👩👨❤❤❤❤😜

  2. Karen Hampton

    My Big Rock Candy Mountain is ‘Up North’ on a Lakeshore here in my Michigan place. But I would add my loved ones, every lonely pup in the state, and an endless supply of our Leelanau Peninsula Wines!!! Similar to our beloved GP.

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