This is Deputy Digby Pancake. It’s been a hot week. This is no secret. It’s probably no secret that you’re tired of hearing from us how hot is is.
It is so hot here in this Florida place that I have decided the best thing to do is pretend it’s not hot. I’ve decided that if my attitude is cooler, maybe, just maybe, I’ll feel cooler. Just call me and Sheriff Brickle the great pretenders.
Sheriff Brickle is usually the voice of reason. However, he can’t reason very well in this heat.
His arresting is even a little lighter. But he can’t even argue with pretending.
He says that you have to do what you have to do. The world of make believe seems better than living on the sun right now.
I’ve learned quite a few things in my life. One is that if things aren’t going well, and there isn’t much you can do about it, you have a couple choices.
You can let it get you down and dwell on it. Or you can put on your positive attitude and pretend to be happy. Even if you’re not. How does that help? Eventually, you will forget you’re pretending.
The only time this logic does not work is when I pretend I don’t want pancakes 24 hours a day. But otherwise, I find that I can pretend to be anywhere. I can pretend to be able to do anything! And I can!
So when life gets you down, pretend you’re up! For me, right now, I’m pretending I’m swimming in the coolest stream of maple syrup with my mouth wide open. You can eat pancakes there all day. And I’ll believe it. Even if someone tells me all there is around is corn flakes.
Pretending is fun and helps us remember what we really want in life. Let your imagination fly. And then go there. But I would recommend staying away from the sun. Did I mention how hot it is?
–Deputy Digby Pancake