This is Fruitycake The Raccoon. Girl Person tells me that I press my luck every day. She says I get too close to Brickle when he’s eating. She says waiting for a bite is fine. But she says that Digby knew the exact distance he should stand to observe.
All I know is that I want to be ready and willing to get that bite in record time. And I usually do.
Most days I get an extra big bite left over. Brickle is nice that way. But yesterday, he shocked me. I looked down at his plate and what did I see? Nothing. Nothing, I tell you. Nothing. I looked all around the plate. I lifted the plate up and checked underneath it. Nothing. My last resort was to check the water bowl. And there I saw it. Three. Little. Peas. In the water. That’s all that was left for me.
I felt my little heart break. I mean, didn’t he love me? Didn’t he want me to have a full belly? Why did he think that I would want three little peas left in the water? It was kinda an afterthought. And I suppose they could have just fallen out of his mouth. But I didn’t want to jump to conclusions.
Brickle told me that he had been very hungry. He said that friendship and family are about giving. But it’s also about not taking what someone else may need. That someone was me. He said he knows I’m still learning. We are all learning. Aren’t we?
But he said that others don’t always have leftovers.
He said sometimes they may have a hard day. And they just have nothing left to give. He said we have to be understanding and not always expect what we think we deserve. Because giving and love goes both ways. Understanding goes both ways.
So I looked at those three little peas in the water again. No. I wasn’t craving pea soup.
But I still took what I was given and I was thankful for it. And the next time at dinner, maybe I will even try to leave a bite. Brickle won’t expect it.
And that can be the best feeling of all.
–Fruitycake The Raccoon