Stand By Me

This is Deputy Digby Pancake. I have a lot of things mastered. How to ask for pancakes. How to howl for dinner.

How to bark at Girl Person to bring my personal fan when I get too hot. Yeah. Smart I am.

But often, when persons see the signs on our car with me and Brickle’s faces on them, they ask if we are dog trainers.

They ask if we are groomers.

And Girl Person always laughs. Groomers? If rolling in unmentionables is an extra charge, sure that’s on our list of services. And trainers? Barkless about that. Unless the Park Ranger is outside then I bark extra so we almost get kicked out.

But as we’ve been here in Henderson, North Carolina this week, we have come to appreciate that no matter where we are, and no matter what comes our way or doesn’t, we stand by each other for who we are. Maybe it’s because we found out the person who wrote a nice song was from here and we were inspired. You see, everyone is always from somewhere.

This song, Stand By Me, was written a long time ago by a man named Ben E. King with his friends. He also was the singer of the song. He wrote it for a group to sing that he used to be in. But it didn’t work out that way. So he decided to sing it! And I love listening to it. I’ve really liked listening to it by the lake and town where he was from.

With beautiful things in life that weren’t planned like our stay here in Henderson, North Carolina, we often can’t imagine them any other way. What would the song have sounded like with someone else singing it? I can imagine that it may not have been so popular. So liked. So meant to be.

Girl Person says our life has been like that too. Camping has a way of forcing you to be flexible. We didn’t imagine for this campsite to be so perfect. But it was. We didn’t need all the bells and whistles. We will leave those for the dog trainers. But we did need the peace and quiet. We did need to rest. And although we love the ocean, the peace of the lake was magical. Nature stood by us this week.

Life has a way of surprising us too. We come to appreciate those who love us, even if they are different from us. Or even if they are not close by. We don’t sit by each other when the going gets rough or tough. We stand. We are ready to help each other no matter what. If we are fortunate to have ones who love us, let them know you see them standing. Because true friends are hard to find. And they show up when we least expect it. And most likely need them.

But no matter how much Brickle and I aren’t trained or groomed all fluffy like, we are happy. The persons are happy. And we love each other the way we are. We stand by each other for our imperfections. Even if we may be taking a nap. That’s probably happening.

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