Can It

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle. If there’s one thing I’m good at, it’s policing. Breaking up fights at the dog park, telling cars to slow down and telling everyone to can it.

Yes. Yes. Noise bothers me. Deputy Digby has never learned to use his inside bark. And at the point, the inside bark is not to be contained.

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Have you ever wanted the world to go a little slower? Have you ever wanted the world to talk a little softer? Have you ever wanted to hear the birds sing instead of traffic? Have you ever wanted to hear your own voice above the chaos of things that just do not matter?

Here at the farm, we’ve had a lot of chances to slow down and hear things that matter. Like the animals. The tractors.

Our own thoughts.

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And every day, we get to go to the produce market. The people there think I’m cute. Obviously. The cats that live there think I’m cute. Obviously. And they have so many neat things to look at. There are vegetables and fruits. Eggs and snacks. Boiled peanuts and honey.

Then there is the neatest thing to look at. This is Digby Pancake’s favorite. Rows and rows of cans filled with all kinds of things. Everything pickled. Beets and broccoli and Brussel sprouts. Garlic and asparagus.

Everything preserved. Tomato jam, strawberries and blueberries.

Then you have your syrups. Fruit syrups and maple syrups. Oh yes. All of the jars of wonderful things.

Girl Person said her Granny Person used to love canning. Canning it’s called.

Girl Person said it’s not so easy to can things. She said there is boiling and cooking and cleaning. She said persons used to do it more when they had hard times and wanted to save their food. Or times when there weren’t refrigerators. And times when you grew your food and you didn’t want anything to go to waste.

In fact. Granny Person used to can so much that there were shelves full of pears and apples and more in the kitchen. In the garage. Everywhere. It was a sight to see. Just like at the farmers market.

There are so many things I would like to can. Cookies. Treats. Pancakes for Digby. Lasagna for a rainy day. I don’t know why. Just sounds delicious.

But there are also things I’d like to preserve to remember. Like all the places we have traveled to. Ok. Not all of them. But many. I would like to preserve the feelings of getting to new places. The feeling right before that first bite of dinner. And then there’s that feeling of falling asleep with your family safe and with you.

Have you ever thought about what you would like to preserve?

It’s hard to remember the good things in life when there are so many distractions in the world. Things people tell us are important. Noisy reminders that if we let it, life will keep getting more and more complicated. Sometimes we have to force ourselves to stop and can it.

Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

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