The Potato Chip On Her Shoulder

This is Deputy Digby Pancake. I’m always hungry. You know this. Hunger can be a good thing if it’s only for five minutes or so. Why can hunger be a good thing? It builds anticipation and enjoyment! Until I scarf down all my food in five seconds.

Persons have a way of relating everything in their life to food too. Don’t let them fool you. They even drive around with chips on their shoulder. I don’t know why they would do this. Why not eat the chip? Instead you have to put it on your shoulder?!

Girl Person had a really big chip on her shoulder this weekend. You see, when the campground gets crowded, it gets busy. Our daily routine of walking half a mile to the beach everyday is made longer and harder by all the cars going in and out on the road.

When it’s just a few cars, she can handle it. But the more and more that come by, her smile fades a little more. And a little more. For me smiling is very important. You never get a second chance to make a first impression.

I can only imagine the drivers in the cars when they see her face. They must be very sorry to drive that day. And so I try to make it up to them by jumping in their windows. Yet this does not go over well with anyone. The potato chip on Girl Person’s shoulder could never fit in a bag.

Or a can.

You may think that I could bark some sense in to her about her attitude. But as usual, she learns. The hard way. Seems as though that’s a way many persons learn.

One day, she told me that she had noticed me looking at her smiling.

But that it had not clicked. She had to go to the grocery store place. And as she was driving back into camp, there were so many people in the road! Kids on bikes and many others. She was not in the mood. And then it dawned on her. She was in a car and she was getting irritated with people on the road. When she was on the road, she was getting irritated with the people in the cars. And this made no sense except for the fact that the potato chip on her shoulder was there no matter what. And that was a shame. And she saw it. Like I did.

Seems as though Girl Person’s idea of inconvenience was a selfish one. Here she was, worried only about herself and her schedule. With a big potato chip on your shoulder, it’s hard to see much else.

Is everyone so concerned with themselves that they literally see no one else? I think so. I also think that if we took a moment to eat the potato chips on our shoulders instead of carrying them, we wouldn’t be so hungry, first of all. And second of all, we would just. Be. Nicer. And we would share the road of life.

There’s plenty of room for us all. It just takes understanding. Do you have it in you or a potato chip on you? Look at your shoulder.

-Deputy Digby Pancake

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