Way Down Yonder In The Pawpaw Patch

This is Deputy Digby Pancake. As you know, I’ve been looking for pancake trees all my days. I even resorted to settling for pancake seeds to grow my own trees. But in retrospect, I’m not sure that growing trees in the RV would be possible.

Girl Person likes to find trees and fruit when we travel. She likes to do something called foraging. Uh, dogs have been foraging for years. I can find the rottenest, yummy thing to roll in or eat no matter where we are. But when Girl Person finds a new food to try, she gets more excited than I do. And this week, she found something called a pawpaw.

Well, slap my paws and call me Pancake. I’ve heard of these things before when we in this Virginia place before.

But this was the first time we found some!

When Girl Person is happy, we are happy. And she was very happy to get on her bike and try to find pawpaws this week.

She learned that it was harder to find them then she thought. But when she finally found one tree, she would find another. Some fruit would be harder to reach than others. And my legs aren’t long enough to reach them. Now…if there were pancakes up there, I might just find a way.

Girl Person says not to worry because she has found enough for pawpaw pancakes and left enough for the wild animals to eat too. We should never be so greedy to take everything…even if we can.

Imagine you gave just one bag of groceries you bought to a family in need every week. Or imagine you could take just one week’s worth of food for dogs to a shelter every month? Wouldn’t it be better to share our joy with others? Don’t just imagine you would do it. Do that.

Way down yonder in the pawpaw patch is where you will find us till we leave this Virginia place!

Oh, to find and experience new foods and smells and places is such a wonderful thing. If you’ve been thinking of trying a new fruit or vegetable, or visiting a new place, maybe this weekend is the time to do it! Find your delicious pawpaw patch. And climb if you have to!

Deputy Digby Pancake Pawpaw

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Stop. Collaborate And Listen.

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle. If someone asks you what you did yesterday and what you got accomplished, how would you answer? What then? I have a reason for my questions. As you know, I always have a reason.

We’ve been having a wonderful time in this Virginia place.

Especially Deputy Digby Pancake. You can’t go wrong with hiking, sunshiney and mountains. But even the best days at the best places can be not so perfect.

We started out our day with finding out our car had to go back to where it was fixed to get fixed again. But we were still able to drive to finish the Skyline Drive At Shenandoah National Park with Girl Person and her new outbreak of poison ivy. So it wasn’t so bad.

We had to stop and get gas, and Boy Person was so confused by the gas pumps that he left the gas cap there. Oh. But we didn’t find that out till later when all the other stuff had gone wrong.

First off, we stopped to get ice cream in the park and they only had blackberry. Well, Digby certainly didn’t mind. But I certainly wanted no part of that. I wouldn’t even have wanted a blackberry cookie or blackberry pie. No. No. No.

Then, we got back in the car and went to find an easy hike. Problem was, it was near 90 degrees, and the trail was too steep for a hike this day.

We were fooled because the day before, it was cool and breezy. But the momma bear and her cubs didn’t care about all our problems! Nope. They did care to scare us away from that trail!

Seems as if we should have just stayed home, I thought. What had happened to the perfect day from before?

The confusing thing was to me that we worked so hard on this day to have a good day. But the day before, it just happened. And Deputy Digby said the best days are often not planned at all. You don’t have to work to have a good day. Make a good day in your heart, no matter what happens.

Digby says that not smiling changes nothing. Sometimes when you are most upset, you have to stop. Collaborate. And listen.

As usual, Digby knows happy.

Even though we weren’t strong enough to finish the hike on this particular day, the day before we did! And we did it wonderfully.

The persons said it didn’t matter we didn’t finish on this day. We had still worked hard and that counted. Success isn’t measured by finish lines, awards, lists and diplomas.

Success is when we make others feel good. Success is when we do something selflessly for another. Success is when we recognize that we aren’t perfect. And neither is anyone else. And tomorrow is another day. The not so perfect days cause us to stop and reevaluate.

Be flexible. Be loving. Be understanding. Work at it if you have to. And then you will have accomplished something with a hard day’s work. Even if nothing goes as planned.

Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

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