This is Deputy Digby Pancake. A wise man once said “The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.” I never met that man. But if that man would have been a squirrel, I would have met him…yesterday. But I guess if that was the case, there would be a squirrel man walking around and I would be scared of that. I can only imagine he would look like Bigfoot. Perhaps.
Squirrels do some funny things which aren’t so funny when they are irritating you. Like peeking at us when we are trying to lay in the sun. Like making noises at us high in the trees where we can’t reach them. Like being all squirrel like. Girl Person says that they mean no harm. Girl Person says that they are just teasing us. Girl Person says they are nice. I am not sure I believe that.
But as I sat at our camping spot yesterday, I had nothing to do but notice the squirrel. The squirrel all busy like in our camping spot. But I tried to ignore that fact. Because I had a belly full of pancakes and I was trying to sleep it off.
The squirrel was paying no attention to me either. Because he had an acorn. And he was burying it will all the fury of a squirrel, yet not with the force of a small man, or a squirrel man. Who if he had been writing poetry about acorns in our camping spot, I would have listened to him.
Girl Person told me that squirrels are kinda like dogs. They like to bury food for a rainy day or a cold day. But sometimes, they forget that they buried their acorns. And then those acorns grow into oak trees! And I thought wow. So if I bury a pancake, will I get a pancake tree? Was this the secret all along? Why had I never listened to this squirrel man writing poetry burying an acorn? Girl Person reminded me there was no squirrel man. But she did not say there was no pancake tree.
What I guess the lesson of the squirrel and the acorn is this. You see, we all live on this earth together. It’s our choice what we put away for the future. Not in money, which would grow no trees, but with good deeds, love, acceptance and being the best we can be.
It is up to us to make an impact on the earth and on others that is positive. We can take away, or we can give. And if we take, put something in its place. Grow a tree. And I’ll bring the maple syrup.
-Deputy Digby Pancake