You’ve Got To Give A Little, Take A Little

This is Deputy Digby Pancake.  You know, I don’t need very much to be happy.  Give me a bed, some breakfast, and I’m good.  Maybe one day I should open up my own bed and breakfast.  I wonder who would come if I ate all of the pancakes before they sat down to eat?  If I open one up, I will probably leave out the breakfast part in retrospect.

It’s been said that dogs don’t need much either to be happy.  Unless you are Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle, but in actuality, I don’t think he is a dog.  Give him a mirror and he’s happy to tell himself how awesome and handsome he is.  But he also demands adoring attention, warm, not hot peanut butter cookies, and 24 hour a day sunshiney.  He is almost as high maintenance as people, but not quite.  Because not only do they seem to “need” a lot of things to be happy or comfortable, but they work all day to get those things.  And then they are too tired to enjoy those things.  This was just something that I thought about on our drive out of New Mexico yesterday.


As we made our plans and started driving to that Texas place once again, we decided that we wanted to stop in a place called Guadalupe National Park.

We had to drive a very long way to get there, but we didn’t mind, because we knew that we were headed to Texas’ highest point and the largest above ground coral reef!  This sounded amazing.  But we also knew that we were headed to not the fanciest campsite ever. In fact, the persons told me and Brickle that we were going to be roughing it.  But they also told us that dinner would not be late and I would still get my breakfast.  So all sounded ok to me.  Why did I care that we wouldn’t have electricity or water?  I mean, we are driving around our house on wheels.  Seemed to me that this was just what we had to do sometimes to see some pretty cool things.  I was all for this.  Because sometimes, we have the best times when we rough it.

You’ve got to give a little, take a little,
and let your poor heart break a little.
That’s the story of, that’s the glory of love.

As we looked around, we wondered what the persons had been so worried about.  We had food, we had each other and the mountains right in front of us.


Yes, we knew it was going to be a very cold night, but we had no idea how windy it was going to be. After dinner, the persons took a very quick shower to save what water we had in the tanks and we lit the candles.  We told stories of days past when we had a house and so much stuff, and we could have never imagined being in the Guadalupe Mountains with only our little house on wheels.

This is a song I’ve been singing for a long time.
It’s like an old friend.
But, you know, I think it,
it’s only recently that I discovered what it’s really about.

Persons don’t always get everything they want in life.  Sometimes, life has a way of making you change directions.

You lose something, but you gain something in return.  For us, we didn’t have a fancy campsite with all the fancy stuff.  But we had the opportunity to see what was in front of us…each other and the beauty of the earth literally all around us.

As long as there’s the two of us,
we’ve got the world and all it’s charms.
And when the world is through with us,
we’ve got each other’s arms.

The wind was howling, shaking our RV so bad we thought we would tip over.  But as Girl Person started to complain to herself that she had to go outside at 5 a.m. and stand on one foot and hold up her phone to the mountains to post this blog, she looked up at the stars.  And she felt thankful for being there.  She felt thankful for the inconveniences.  Because the inconveniences showed her the most beautiful sky she had ever seen.

You’ve got to win a little, lose a little,
yes, and always have the blues a little.
That’s the story of, that’s the glory of love.


Girl Person and Boy Person told us that we may not have a house to go to right now…in fact, driving back to that Florida place seems a little crazy since we don’t even have anywhere to go yet.  But for now, being able to see things like this park made us realize that no matter happens, we got to see this and all of the other places we will visit on the way back.


Life is certainly not perfect for persons.  Persons have expectations, dreams that they think will never come true.  And you know what? Sometimes those dreams don’t come true.  But when you realize that what you may not have received made way for something else, you realize that it was the path you were meant to be on all along.


You’ve got to laugh a little, cry a little,
until the clouds roll by a little.
That’s the story of, that’s the glory of love.

Today we are headed back out on the road towards Big Bend National Park!  It will take us a couple days to get there.  Are you with us?

-Deputy Digby Pancake

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