The Heavy Secret

This is Digby Pancake.  Have you ever had a secret?  A really good one?

I have had a secret.  I don’t like pancakes without maple syrup. But I had to tell it. I guess you can call me fancy.

But Brickle?  He doesn’t seem to have any secrets.  Because his face can’t tell a lie, and his face can’t keep a secret.

A secret is a funny thing.  Even though you may not think anyone else knows, why does a secret seem to be so heavy?  A heavy secret is a burden that no one should carry if they don’t want to.  And I don’t want to carry anything heavy.

So, I thought about this yesterday when we were hiking.  And I felt like my brother Brickle was carrying a secret.  He seemed to be walking a little slower. And he seemed to be thinking deeper thoughts than usual.

So much so, that when we stopped to take a picture, he told me his secret. He couldn’t hold it in any longer.  And I wasn’t shocked about his secret like he thought I would be.  I was feeling a little bit of the same.  And so I let him know that. Because when someone shares their feelings, it’s only the nice thing to show yours back.

The heavy secret was that we are nervous about getting on the road. We are out of practice. We still have a lot to get ready for.  And it’s going to be hard to leave our friends here at the barn.

We’ve been through this before. We have left many places.  But the good thing? We have gone back to many places. Places that we thought we may never, ever see again, well, we have seen a few more times!

Never think that your secret is one that no one else has.

Think about all the individuals who are carrying something they don’t have to. Many times, just saying what we need to say helps. And if someone entrusts you with a secret, remember that only you can keep it.  Don’t break someone’s trust.  Realize you were special to hear their secret.  And be there for them.

Now. You may be thinking that I actually told Brickle’s secret. I only told you the part he said was ok to tell you. The other part? I am keeping it.  Because I want to keep him as my friend.

-Digby Pancake

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