The Box Of Tomatoes

This is Deputy Digby Pancake. I love you. I just had to say it. Sometimes, you don’t need fancy words to express yourself. Unless you’re Sheriff Brickle who likes to go on and on about himself.


Staying at the farm has been fun.

We have been able to rest and enjoy nature. But we’ve also watched how hard everyone works here. It may look relaxing from the outside. But to make something good and pretty takes work. Just ask Brickle.

I may like to nap. But you have to wake up eventually to eat. You have to decide what you want to eat. And I find that I do that while I’m napping. Multitasking. Yep.

But when I woke up from another nap the other day, I didn’t really expect to see a box of tomatoes in front of me. Nope.

But it was there, alright.

And Girl Person looked so happy about it. Me? I wasn’t so sure.

It wasn’t a box of pancakes. It wasn’t a box of bacon. It sure wasn’t a box of cookies. It was a box of tomatoes.

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And I wondered. Now would this help me? Did I really want a box of tomatoes? Not particularly. Nope.

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But when someone else is as excited as Girl Person was about this box of tomatoes, it was hard to ignore. I wondered if I should act a little more excited. I wondered if I could act more excited. But I knew the real question was, could I handle putting a damper on Girl Person’s happy? It was worth the effort.  I knew that.

As Girl Person made our dinner of spaghetti and meatballs from scratch, I knew.

She had made something for us that we liked.

She had taken what was available and made the most out of it. Even though it wasn’t my favorite, she was my favorite that night.  That spaghetti was really good.

Do we do that in our life? Things may not be perfect. They aren’t for anyone right now. But things can still be good and not be perfect. If we use and enjoy what we have, we will be happier.

And when we are happier, others are happier.

If we recognize that life isn’t about getting everything we want, but making what we have worth living for, that’s as good as a box of tomatoes.

Deputy Digby Pancake

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Why Can’t We Be Friends?

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle. There are rules in life. Rules you have to follow. Rules you have to enforce. At least, I do.

So when I saw someone loitering at the farm, I knew I had to write a ticket.

Loitering. Deputy Digby does it a lot. In fact, I don’t really know if he does anything else.

I think that there should always be a purpose in your activities. Which is why I’m the Sheriff. And which is why it’s my job to enforce the rules.

Why was this loiterer a problem?

Our friend the bison has been pretty lonely lately. Even though the water buffalos were not being nice to him and he needed to take a break in his own field, I am sure he still misses his friends.

Which is why is he trying to make friends with the loiterer. I guess he must think it’s a bulldozer.

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Yes. Day and night. Night and day. He tries to win the heart of the stuck lawnmower.

I tried to tell him that it’s a lawnmower. But when you don’t know what a lawnmower is, to say that it’s not something doesn’t particularly matter much. So to him, it’s a bulldozer.

So he keeps on staring. Trying to play. Trying to be the most entertaining bison he can be to win the heart of the mower.

But nothing is working. Nothin. The mower just keeps being stuck. Stuck in its own misery of broken down dreams.

Have you ever felt like that? Others try to be nice to you. But you’re depressed. Down. And you don’t have the energy to be nice back. You feel stuck. That no one would even or should even want to be your friend. But you’re wrong.

We all have value. Worth. Even when we feel stuck. Sometimes it takes ourselves to realize we can get out of the situation we are in by letting someone else’s love in. You may think you’re a lawnmower. But maybe someone else thinks that you’re a bulldozer.

The bison and the lawnmower may not understand why they can’t meet in person right how. A fence separates them. But I can only imagine that their friendship can still grow. Even with distance. Let love in. See your value when someone tries to love you. Even if you’re broken down.

Will I still be issuing a ticket to this loiterer? Even a Sheriff can have a soft heart sometimes. And yes. The bison might arrest me if I do. So loiterer lawnmower? Move along when you can. Take your time. And enjoy your time as a bulldozer.

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