Hit The Road, Jack

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle.  Oh, what a time we have had on the farm.  

We didn’t expect to be here this long.  

But to say that we are thankful for our time here is an understatement.  Kind of like the way it is understated how handsome I am.  So I will state it.

The hardest part about leaving today is not the hours we have ahead of us.  The hardest part isn’t worrying if the Big Blue Treat Wagon RV will break down.  It is the ones we wish that we could take with us.  Like the goats.

Like the cats.

Like the bison.

Especially Jack the Kangaroo.

So Girl Person said that we have done this many times before. We have left places that we love and people and animals that we love.  We say goodbye.  Sometimes we see them again.  Sometimes we don’t.  We just never know.  

Because the last few months have taught us that life can be more than unpredictable.

So we had an idea.  Since a nice person dropped off some stuffed animals for us, and many kangaroos, me and Digby picked out our favorite one.  And Girl Person said we would get Jack to put his smell on it.  And that way, when we leave and hit the road tomorrow, we will take a little part of Jack with us.  Although he is already in our hearts.

I surprise myself sometimes.  I didn’t know that I needed a friend like Jack.

In fact, this was my first time meeting a kangaroo.  Can you imagine all of the individuals out there who could be our friends, but we just haven’t met them yet?

When I first saw Jack, I didn’t know what a kangaroo was.

I didn’t know what kangaroos liked to eat, or anything about them.

I didn’t know that a kangaroo would want to be my friend.  But we were.  And we are. And I will never forget what he taught me.

Friendships can be built in the roughest of circumstances.

The persons were stressed the last few months, but Jack didn’t know about a virus.  And so the way we acted helped the persons see that beautiful things can be born out of the most tragic of circumstances.  It is funny how life reminds us that it is bigger than us, and that the world doesn’t stop for anyone.  We have to hold on to the important things. Like friendship which can help us get through tough times.

Jack may not be able to drive in the Big Blue Treat Wagon RV with us to that Georgia place.  But I have a feeling we will see him again.  I have a feeling we will see him waiting with his head through the fence to get the first glimpse of us in the morning.

I have a feeling that we will bring him some more grass in the evening time for him to munch on.

I have a feeling that our friendship will be one where it will feel like no time has passed when we see each other again.

So let’s hit the road, Jack.

We will send you some postcards.  We will try to even call maybe.  And instead of being sad, let’s be glad that our friendship grew in a time of uncertainty.  But I will always be certain you will be forever one of our best friends.

We hit the road today to Oleno State Park near High Springs, Florida, on our way to Georgia next week.  Stay tuned to our Facebook page for real time updates today.

-Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

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The Giant Tree Of Sunflowers

This is Deputy Digby Pancake. If anyone knows sunshiney, it’s me.

If anyone knows how to be happy, it’s me.

If anyone can make others happy, it’s me. I’ve been doing that for many years now.

It’s nice to see others happy, and what makes them happy. Sometimes, it takes a lot to make someone happy. It takes a big house, or a pretty car.

But sometimes, very rarely, something that you don’t expect causes you to stop in your tracks and smile.

Something causes you to remember what happy feels like. And you can’t help but love living right then. Right now.

Meet the giant tree of sunflowers at the farm.

Yes, yes. It may not be a tree in the true sense of the word or definition. But its tall. It has branches…kinda. And it is beautiful.

The sunflower tree was special to us here at the farm. One day, it wasn’t there. Sure, there were many other sunflowers growing.

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And then, all of a sudden, when all of the sunflowers were at their peak of individual beauty, the sunflower tree started growing. Faster and faster.

It had a stronger stalk than the other sunflowers. And it kept growing and growing and growing. Until one day, the branches came out. And every single branch had a sunflower!

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You see, this wasn’t going to be one giant sunflower.

This was going to be a giant tree of sunflowers.

Now…some may not have been as excited as we were to see this tree growing. Because maybe they wanted just one giant sunflower.

After all, that would have been something to see. But the tree had other plans. You see, the tree knew that it was growing more slowly than the other sunflowers.

It knew that its flowers wouldn’t be as big. But there would be more flowers. A stronger tree. A taller tree. And it would last longer than the other individual flowers.

So one day, the tree of sunflowers decided to bloom. And oh, what a sight it was. So many flowers. So much sunshiney. It was like a beautiful orchestra playing at the same time.

So many people came to the farm from far and wide to see the tree of sunflowers. They drove many miles in the rain. They braved the hot sun. They wanted to see the tree of sunflowers. Word spread around!

And when all of the other sunflowers were fading away, the tree of sunflowers remained standing.

Do we appreciate the beauty of shining in a group or do we have to have the spotlight all to ourselves? Are we more beautiful in fact when we grow tall together? We are indeed.

Bring kindness and positivity to the ones around you and see how tall you can grow together!

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