Everybody’s Got A Mountain To Climb

This is Deputy Digby Pancake. Some days, I surprise myself.  Maybe you have felt the same. Sometimes, I wake up and as I get older, things are a little bit harder.  Things take a little more time.  And sometimes, I just don’t want to do much.


But then, some days, something gets waken up inside me that reminds me who I am.  Something awakens my soul as much as a warm, buttery pancake.  Actually, nothing awakens my soul as much as a warm, buttery pancake.  But still.  Those things that seem impossible all of a sudden get pushed aside.  They say that you only live twice.  One life for yourself, and one for your dreams. I am older in my dreams then, obviously.

Yesterday was like any other day in the life of a traveling dog. We got up and the persons decided that we would go explore the area of Charleston, South Carolina a little more. We waited for the rain to finally stop…again…and started driving to a place called Charles Town Landing Historic Site.


First, Girl Person explained that we would get our breakfast after we walked around. Then she told us about the place a little bit.  She said that it was the original site of the first permanent English settlement in Carolina. And again, we would have to wait for breakfast.  This alone seemed impossible to me.  No, not that people got here in 1670. But that I had to wait for breakfast.


So as we walked and looked at a lot of stuff that the persons found interesting, I saw it in the distance. A boat.  A. Boat.  Now. You may remember that Brickle and I are not too fond of boats after our ferry ride to Martha’s Vineyard or that ride to Smith Island in Maryland.  No, we have not found a boat that we like yet.  But this one looked a little different.  Seemed like no one was actually riding on this boat. But they were just looking at it.  And I could do that.  Sheriff Brickle? Yeah.  Not so much.


As Boy Person climbed in the boat and Girl Person asked us if we wanted to check it out, Brickle firmly planted his paws in the dock.  And I did the same.  But all of a sudden, this was not just like any morning.  All of a sudden it occurred to me.  If we were in fact heading to the mountains on this No Path Path, I had to start getting ready.  I had to build up my strength to climb those mountains. We are supposed to get there in just a few weeks!

And I made up my mind.  It was going to be today.

I couldn’t believe that I was doing it! I was climbing!  Boy Person said that sometimes, when you don’t think about something, and you just do it, it is easier than thinking too long about it.  And as Brickle watched me from below, I felt it.  A sense of accomplish that I had not felt for quite a long time.  I still had it in me.  A sense of adventure.  A sense that I could do anything.  But I could have done more with a little breakfast in my stomach.  Just saying.


I told Brickle all about my epic adventure in the boat.  No, they may not have used this boat to sail the waters, but I used this boat to prove to myself that I can still climb mountains.  I think that all of us have mountains to climb.

They may be different, but sometimes, it seems impossible to reach the top.  But if we don’t try, we may never know. And if that’s ok by you, like Brickle, that’s ok.  But if you want to do it, and you need to do it, never let a little fear stop you.  Sometimes, we don’t even ask for those mountains. Sometimes, you may not even want those mountains. But when they are put there, it is up to us whether we climb.

Seems to me that there is a lot we can learn from going to places and traveling to historic sites.  The lessons may seem to be obvious.  But what we learn from the most is digging deep down inside to apply it to us.  Probably, that boat wasn’t put there to teach me about mountains.  But that’s the beauty of learning.  Everything isn’t always so obvious like the growl of my stomach.

-Deputy Digby Pancake

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The Strangers

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle.  Well, you know who you are. You know what you did this weekend. And you know why you will be arrested today,  Actually, you already have.  If you come clean, you may get a leaner sentence. Yes, I said leaner. Because I am lean.


When you are always on the job like I am, sometimes, you see so many persons doing things to get arrested, but you are only one Sheriff, and so you cannot do it alone. Having a Deputy Digby that is always happy, but not happy to work makes your job harder as well, because you have to arrest him, and that defeats the purpose.


So, this weekend at camp, I looked around. I saw everyone having fun. I saw all of the infractions being committed. It has been raining nonstop and has flooded everywhere at camp. I saw people leaving their soaked underwear on posts. I saw people using shovels to dig trenches to keep the water out of their campsite. I saw little persons going thru mud on purpose to splash everyone. And I saw Deputy Digby trying to run thru the mud on purpose. Arrested, arrested, arrested, arrested again. And again.  And arrested again. I was thrilled about it.


But all of this arresting got me tired. And that is when I heard the music.  Boom, boom, boom. People laughing. People having fun. People needing to be arrested. Since all of this arresting had made me exhausted, I thought that maybe. Just maybe. They would welcome some law enforcement into their party. But I quickly found out that I was not invited.  Me and Deputy? We were strangers.

Seems as if no one wants a Sheriff at their shindig. Even in the middle of a South Carolina, stormy and humid night. So me and the Deputy sat down. And well, since we were strangers, we might as well be creepy strangers, and just watch.

So, Girl Person let us sit there and be kinda creepy until it became obvious that we wanted some barbecue and we wanted to dance. She told us that no one asked us to join them, so we were going to continue to walk. I didn’t like it.  But I had no choice. I secretly thought, that since I was a creepy stranger, that I would find somewhere else to break up a party. Or just watch.

So we kept walking and we came upon a water park.  There was a pool and all kinds of slides and I thought that this was to be the party of the day! Certainly, they would let us in.  I mean, just because the sign said closed?  I can’t read anyway.


And I was the Sheriff. I should have had a key.  But nope.  No party here.  What kind of hours does this place keep, anyway?  Arrested.


So since that party would have been bad anyway without me there, I decided that yep. I needed some chips and some goodies and maybe an umbrella and maybe some necessities like a stick for roasting marshmallows. I figured in the camp store that certainly, I would be invited to this party with chips and an umbrella and a stick for roasting marshmallows.  As I got nearer to the door, I saw it.  “No pets.” Well, I am not a pet, I am a Sheriff and I have jurisdiction everywhere.  Girl Person said that she would get arrested if we went inside. So I thought. It would be much easier to creep here too.  Yep.  Gotta fight fire with fire when you can’t party with a marshmallow stick.


So we kept on going. Right back to our campsite. Sure, we met a few friends along the way. But no one invited us to any party. And I thought to myself. I could either feel sorry for myself.  Or I could get dressed up.  I could forget how bad Digby smelled.  And I could throw my own party.  Nope.  Not a pity party.  If I wanted to feel better, all I needed to do was get it together.  This was my life.

It is easy when the rain keeps pouring down in Charleston, South Carolina or any day in your life in general to let it get you down. You can think that everyone is having more fun than you. Although I am still wishing that someone would have at least gave me a piece of chicken.  But all of us have a choice.  If we want new friends, we have to work at making ourselves happier so that others want to be our friends.  If we want to party down, sometimes we have to throw our own parties and invite others.  It is not always easy to make new friends.  But it is a lot harder to be a stranger.

-Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle


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