This is Deputy Digby Pancake. If they into each life a little rain must fall, they didn’t say that it would last for over a week. Who is they? Does anyone really know? And Sheriff Brickle? He is getting quite irritable with his hair all a mess. He doesn’t know it is a mess. In fact, he thinks that it actually has been looking a little stylish. I say he is a little mistaken. But who am I to argue with a Sheriff that hasn’t got his sunshiney lately? Nope, not I.
When things aren’t going your way, it is easy to go with the flow for a few days. But when you see no end in sight, that usually is when you may start to worry. You may start to get upset. And you wonder, will it ever, truly, stop raining?
Life is like that sometimes, it seems. Like when you go to the store, and they don’t have your favorite brand of maple syrup and try to pass off some fake stuff. Then you try to leave the store, and a deluge falls out of the sky that floods the entire neighborhood. Then, you get in your car and there is a puddle on the floor because it rained so hard it came inside. And you have no umbrella. Because you don’t want to spend money to buy an umbrella. And so you figure, life has got you all wet. One thing leads to another. Yes. This happened. What do you think that I do? Make up this stuff?
But then, you realize that your car is actually full of groceries. Although wet, you have a car. And food. No maple syrup, but thankful, nonetheless. And so you drive home, you get to your house on wheels, and you take out that new birdseed you bought for the Scarlet Pimpernel. Because he won’t eat the kind you bought in California.
I didn’t know that birds were as picky about their food as Brickle. But it is true. Apparently, the Scarlet Pimpernel only likes certain seeds, and he decided to throw all of the rest of them on the ground. And the ones he left? With all of the rain, apparently, he was trying to grow a garden.
Now, I am all about having a green thumb…if I had thumbs. But why would a bird be trying to grow his own garden, I wondered?
Maybe he wanted to be the talk of all the birds in the campground. Maybe he wanted to grow his own grass so that he could buy a lawn mower and ride around in it like a proud peacock. Seems logical.
Or maybe he wanted to save some money and have an endless supply of treats. As you know, I have been looking for that coveted pancake tree for years. But, no. I thought about it some more. And I figured that the Scarlet Pimpernel was trying to grow his own garden because he knows that we won’t be camped here forever. When we leave, who is going to buy his favorite foods? He was saving up for a rainy day…even though it actually may not be raining from the sky when we leave. It will be raining from our hearts. Even the little bird one.
Yes, our time here is coming to end soon. As usual, our planning skills have much to be desired. And we didn’t plan for this holiday week. So we leave our space here in the campground on Thursday to move to another spot here for two nights. Then, we have to go to St. Mary’s, Georgia on Saturday until Tuesday. And then next Tuesday, we come back right here until the end of June. And then? You will have to wait and see!
You see, we could have let the rain get us down, and truth be told, some days it did. But in all of the rain and the storms and the mud and the dirt, we had to find out that actually even waiting for the rain to stop is a good thing. How many have went through something in their life that they thought was the worst and would never get better? What happened when you actually got through it? I can bet as high as a stack of pancakes that afterwards, you learned something. I can bet that you were a better person for it. And I can bet that the lessons served as an umbrella for the next time the rain came. This much is true…after the rain is the best time of all.
But if you are in the rain…right now…you can still start planting your garden. You don’t have to wait until the sunshine comes, because you will need the rain too. Life isn’t about waiting for storms to pass. It’s about learning to be happy in the rain. And what makes us happy today? Even if the rain doesn’t stop, Gandma and Gandpa decided to drive the four hours from Tampa here. And we get to see them today! That my friends is going to be sunshiney even if there is no sun. And isn’t that the trick? Make the effort to grow your garden. Get your seeds. Make the best of what you have. And see what grows.
-Deputy Digby Pancake