This is Deputy Digby Pancake. I love how the light glistens on the leaves in the trees in the morning. I love how the birds get their breakfast leisurely at 10 a.m. I love how when Girl Person walks outside with her mud in the cup first thing in the morning, she gets her sunshiney going from within.
And even though that sunshiney lasts only a few hours, I will take it.
But as the persons were sitting outside at camp enjoying the day this week, Boy Person casually said, “wow. I am impressed.” Now, Brickle of course thought he was talking to him.
But he was not. Girl Person knew he wasn’t talking about her with her mismatched socks. No, he was talking about the not so itsy bitsy spider.
There that spider was. Just hanging out being a spider. Waiting for food, making webs. Being all impressive.
Girl Person loves all creatures. But she certainly didn’t want this spider on her. As content as Boy Person was to watch the spider and let it hang out, Girl Person let it hang out further away.
But as they watched the not so itsy bitsy spider, I wondered. Where did he carry that stuff around to make the webs? Did he go to a web store? Or did he surf the web to buy the web? No. Girl Person said they make their webs with silk that they produce themselves. Can you imagine?
Imagine being able to make something you need. I imagine that if I wanted pancakes, I could make some anytime! If Brickle wanted peanut butter cookies, he could simply think about it and bark and there they would be! Girl Person could make her own french fries and wine. Boy Person could make his own tacos.
Now, that would be impressive. Persons just see spiders and get scared. And Girl Person, as she took a shower in the prison showers here yesterday, made the mistake of looking up. There another spider was. This one was smaller. But he kept dropping from his web almost on to her head. And she wasn’t having any of this. Impressive, yes. But no one wants a spider in their pants or in their lack of pants. I always say no to pants, and this is yet another occasion its appropriate.
So as Girl Person told the spider that he was impressive, she gathered up her shampoo and her conditioner and her flip flops and headed to the other shower next door.
Yes, some things on our earth may make us uncomfortable. But do we wonder why? Do we appreciate a not so itsy bitsy spider for the amazing things it can do? No one wants to be harmed. Even the spider just wants to live its life.
Instead of killing something for no reason, can we live in harmony? If we took a moment to just think about one fact about the spider..that it makes its own silk, would that stop us from harming it? If we have to move along like Girl Person moved showers, is that such a big deal? Is it such a big deal to be kind to a not so itsy bitsy spider? I think not. The spider can teach us many lessons. One of which is that we each have everything inside us to build our dreams, our webs. Let the spider teach you, not scare you. When you marvel at another’s beauty, you learn to recognize your own.
-Deputy Digby Pancake