The Long Walk

This is Digby Pancake. Some days, things go so easy! You wake up, you have goals, you get things done. Ok. That’s not me. That’s Brickle.

But other days, things seem impossible. Girl Person says that every day when she wakes up, she thinks of what she has to do. And more times than not, she tells herself she can’t possibly do it. She’s tells herself that before she even tries. And she finds a million excuses why she can’t do those things. If excuses were valuable, we would be millionaires.

I didn’t understand how she felt until yesterday. We were tired from our travels the day before. But I was pushing myself on our walk. I wasn’t sure where we were walking to. But Girl Person said there was water. And I was happy about that. But I also would have been happy about my bed.

But before we got to the water’s edge, we had to go thru a tunnel. Girl Person called it a covered bridge. The longest covered bridge in this Georgia place, she said.

I would have rather covered my eyes. It was dark in there. Long. Never ending. Plus, you could see thru the floor in parts. I took one step inside. Brickle took a step. And we looked at each other. We didn’t really want to do it. But we decided that the promise of a cool swim would be worth it.

It was a long walk. A very long walk. I didn’t want it to be that long, but it was. It took all my willpower to not turn around.

It helped that Brickle was there with me. But when we both saw a car that was about to come in the bridge with us, I froze. It seemed like my decision was a hasty one.

But as Girl Person told us that the car was going to wait for us, I trusted her. The car stopped. I picked up my pace. I felt good that everyone was being patient and kind. And the long walk ended up feeling a lot shorter. And the water felt extra good. Extra good!

We may have a long walk of sorts some days. And maybe it’s someone else who is needing encouragement on their long walk. Can we be patient and help each other? Sometimes, that’s the only way to get to our destination.

Every place we visit teaches us something about ourselves. Every place teaches us about a weakness we may have, or even a strength that we didn’t know we had.

So take that long walk. And if you need to hold my paw, I’m here.

Digby Pancake

Peanuts Or Soybeans?

This is Peanut Butter Brickle.  If there is one thing I know, besides the fact that I am extremely handsome, it’s peanuts.

Yes. My knowledge of peanuts goes far and wide.

But Boy Person?  He could stand to go to a class about peanuts.

And also a class about soybeans. Apparently, he doesn’t know the difference.

As we were driving yesterday to our new campsite, Boy Person remarked that he saw a field of peanuts in the distance.

Or maybe it was a soy bean field.  Hmmmm.

You see, he explained that his dad person had taught him how to identify a crop of peanuts or a crop of soy beans. However, whenever they saw a field of peanuts…or soybeans…they did not take the time to figure out which one it was.  It was either one of them and that was important enough.

Obviously, I am someone that likes attention to details.  I mean, look at every hair of mine in place.

So it doesn’t make much sense to me, after all these years, oh so many years, that he just hasn’t taken the time to figure the crop mystery out.

Many persons are like that.  They take knowledge for granted.

They rely on others to tell them facts. They rely on others to guide them. But have you taken the time to figure things out yourself? To gain knowledge? It is quite fun to learn.

Relying on ourself is quite a prize. Of course, no one will ever know everything.  I come close, but you get what I’m saying.  However, if you gain as much knowledge as you can about a subject and make a decision based on that knowledge, not only will your confidence grow, but your contribution to others around you grows. Life is a lot more fun when you know more about it!

So. Peanuts or soybeans? The peanut, also known as the groundnut is a crop plant. Peanut pods develop underground rather than above ground.

Soybeans are an annual legume plant with a branched tap root. During growth, the plants push up above ground.

So although they are both legumes, they grow and are harvested differently.  Both have their uses. But they are different.  Sure, at first glance, they may look the same. But so do many things in our world. Taking the time and the effort to learn is beneficial for us all.  Just like peanuts and soybeans! I think it’s time for a snack!

We are in Comer, Georgia! Stay tuned for our adventures this week!

-Peanut Butter Brickle

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