This is Deputy Digby Pancake. There’s no such thing as being in a hurry in my book. I don’t know where my book is. And I’m also not in a hurry to find it. I’m in no hurry to race to that.
But Girl Person said that when we were on a trail this weekend that sometimes, a race is good. If you are a mill. And she told us about something called a mill race.
At this Little Buffalo State Park, there is an old mill and a mill race.
She said it’s a current of water that turns the water wheel of the mill.
At some points, the stream is dammed but I’m not allowed to curse so that word isn’t in my book. Wherever that is.
You see, it takes many things and operations to turn the wheel for it to be useful. Without the water racing to it, it wouldn’t turn as fast. And it would take longer to make all that flour for pancakes or to press apples for cider.
And although I’m never in a rush or a race, don’t make me wait for treats!
Mills may not be used much anymore but I like learning about how each one is different and what it made.
They may have had water rushing to them, but time also pushed them aside for ways things could be done even faster.
More food could be made, but that didn’t mean it tasted better or was better for you.
The mill race made us think.
What parts of our day rush to us? Stress or worry or pressure to get it all done…whatever that all is? What do we rush by and take no notice of?
Does any of this make our days better? What’s the point of it all?
Time may rush by, but new ways aren’t always the best ways.
Race away from mediocre. Rush to wonderful and delicious and meaningful.
Turn that wheel in your head and think about it!
You’ll know what you should do. But can you help me find my book first? I need to write this down.
Today, we are off!
We will be headed to another state just for one reason! It’s the season for this treat. And we aim to pick a good one. Stay tuned for clues on our Facebook page today our next destination!
–Deputy Digby Pancake
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