Temporary Home

This is Deputy Digby Pancake.  Welcome to Poinsett, South Carolina! We will begin our coverage on our new abode tomorrow!

Home sweet home.  If it has pancakes.  Or home sweet home can be anywhere we park this Big Blue Treat Wagon.  And if it has been able to drive there in order to park, well, then it’s a very good day.

Since we were in that Jacksonville, Florida for quite a few months, we got kind of used to being parked. Girl Person says that people call that “nesting”.  Well, I am certainly not a bird and I don’t eat like a bird and I don’t have a bird brain.  Although, I wouldn’t complain if I did because I actually think that they are pretty smart.

But that nesting thing kind of got us in trouble.  Not kinda. It did.  We got used to where to buy our groceries, and not needing directions and letting that Depression Monster get us again.  When we started back on the road, we realized how much we enjoyed moving around.  But even things that you enjoy sometimes are hard.  Like the grocery thing.

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You probably are used to your own grocery store. You know where things are, how much they are and who works there.  But imagine if you were somewhere new every week and you had to go to a new store every week.  Maybe they had your favorite maple syrup, and maybe they didn’t. Sometimes, you may laugh about it, but then sometimes, you really want your maple syrup and there is nothing you can do.

Or maybe, just maybe, you like a certain campground, but perhaps not the one that gave you a heaping mess of poison ivy.  And you have to leave, but you don’t want to.  The thing is, maybe there is another campground that you may like just as much. But you don’t know it yet.  And that’s why I like our temporary homes.

It’s easy to get used to things being the way they are and forget that outside of our own comfort zones, they are not the same.  Different radio stations, TV stations, persons, roads, stores….the list goes on and on. Girl Person says that it’s easy to rely on conveniences. But are we self reliant enough that if those conveniences went away that we would survive?

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The bottom line on my grilled pancakes is that really all of us have a temporary home, even if we have been there all our lives. Things change.  People come in and come out of our lives whether by choice or not.  We have really good times, and not good times.  But never get so used to how things are that we don’t remember they can change over night.

I have heard that the more money you have, the more you spend.  But when you travel like us, you think about every little thing. You don’t know the next time you will be able to go grocery shopping, or how far away the store will be.  So you don’t waste as much.  If you don’t have full hookups to wash dishes inside for a week, you wash them outside just in case.  If you have hot water in a campground shower, you savor it, but more than likely it is not going to last long.  And all of this may seem like a hassle.  But it certainly makes you appreciate what you took for granted all of your life.

And you hopefully will never forget them, even if your circumstances change.

Our circumstances change us, mold us, shape us.  Let it be in a good way. We all have to appreciate our temporary homes that are now.

Won’t you join us in South Carolina this week? We have a lot to show you.  Now.  About that maple syrup…

-Deputy Digby Pancake

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What Can I Get You?

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle.  Life is like the weather.  You have your sunshiney. Your rainy days.  Your storms.  And you have your lightening when all your storms and problems really come to light.  Sometimes, you think it will be a light shower and you aren’t prepared when there comes a downpour.  That is what happens to me.

I hate storms. I hate lightening.  One time, me and Girl Person were outside and a bolt of lightening in this Florida place struck so close to us that it rattled our teeth and scared me.  Forever.  I’ve never been able to forget it.  And I don’t even know how to deal with it. Until lately.

What happens to you when you have a problem? What happens to you when there is a situation that gets you down or that scares you? Have you ever stopped and thought of yourself as a friend?  If a friend was in your situation, what would you do to help? What kind of assistance would you offer?

I thought about that yesterday when a storm came up.  What would I do if Digby was afraid of the rain?  I would tell him it was no big deal. I would tell him that it would be over soon and that no storm lasts forever.  I would tell him to have Girl Person turn up the radio and give us our special treat to help us.  Yes, I would tell him all of that.

So why was I ignoring how to help myself? Because I am expected to be the strong one? Are you expected to be the strong one? Well, sometimes, I can’t be.  I can’t help it that I hate the booms and claps of thunder.  Maybe one day, I won’t hate it as bad, but I’ve figured out what to do now.

Instead of waiting for Girl Person to remember to give me my special treat, I stand in the kitchen and ask her for it.  I look at the refrigerator and wait.  And she gives it to me.  I take charge of how to make myself feel better.  I know best what I need.  You know best what you need.  I don’t focus on the fact that at one time I wasn’t scared. Things happen to us.  Times change us. We change.  We have to make adjustments as time marches on. Sometimes we have to change directions.  In my case, preferably away from the rain.

If we wait for others to know what we need without asking, we may be waiting a very long time.  Remember that you are just as important as your other friends. But you should be your main friend.  Persons always say that you can’t help others until you help yourself  They say that a lot but it is kinda true.  Recognize when you have your limits.  Recognize how you would take care of a friend.  And then ask yourself, “What can I get you?”

Taking care of ourselves though is no excuse to not be responsible to the feelings of others.  Find the balance and stay out of life’s rain.  But if you get caught, find safety.  Have a plan.  Know what you need before you need it.  Get prepared before the storms. When those storms do come, we won’t always know. Life is kinda like that.

But life is also about learning. Life makes us into better individuals by experiences, good and bad.  We can those experiences to help others, and ourselves. Rain or shine.

-Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

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