Perspectives In The Mud

This is Deputy Digby Pancake.  Some days you know immediately that it is going to be a good, no, a great day!  That is every day in my book.  But when I wake up and it’s raining, and the persons start packing our picnic, I know.  This.  This is going to be a good day.  Yes. You heard me.  A picnic.  A hike.  In the rain.  Oh yeah.

Girl Person always tries to explain the history behind the places that we go.  She said that this place had a very bad wind storm in the forest. And then there were only stumps left that looked like a graveyard. But then it had a fire too.  I tried to pay attention.  But I knew the mud was calling my name.


We were on our way! Time to boogie down, y’all.

There are certain recipes I know by heart. Pancakes.  The best pancakes.  Meatballs. The best meatballs.  And I also know the recipe for a true hiking success.  Rain. Mud. Puddles. Creeks. Streams. And a waterfall at the end of it.  Also.  A picnic.


You see, I knew we were in for a delightful time on the Blue Ridge Parkway yesterday.  We could hardly see anything thru the fog.


But we kept going and we kept driving until we reached our stop for the afternoon.  A three mile round trip hike.  In the mud.

I have to tell you. The persons were not so excited about this at first.  They thought that once we got to the trail that the weather would get better.


Well, in my perspective, it did. It got muddier. And for Sheriff Brickle, it got more slippery. And for some reason, Brickle thinks it is the funniest thing in the world when he slips.  And when Boy Person slips?  He laughs like crazy with that corn dog tail!

The persons did their complaining for a little while.  The persons tried to stay dry for a little while.

But once they realized that it was impossible to do anything but live in the moment and laugh with us, the trail sure became even better than I knew it could be. OH, the rain turned to love.  The dirt turned to love. The mud turned to love.  Oh, we were feeling it! Everywhere. In our collars. In our shoes. In our pants.  Well, not in my pants.  I don’t wear pants…I’ve mentioned that before.

There are few things that persons can control in their life.  But I know this.  One thing that you can control?  Your perspective.  Complaining about things you can’t change, or things that aren’t perfect in your day is a waste of time.  That time could be spent enjoying the not so perfect things.  Don’t be a stranger to the the not so perfect things. They are pretty awesome too.

This time on the Blue Ridge Parkway for us is coming to a close.  We have only a few miles left…and it seems like we started just yesterday.  Life is like that too.  We know that.  Life will teach us lessons no matter where we go.


So go where your heart wants to. Don’t jump over that mud. Skip thru it.  Get dirty.  Make memories, and if someone else needs a reminder like Boy Person, push them in it.

-Deputy Digby Pancake

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Bee Yourself

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle.  There is a time for panicking.  Like when you run out of peanut butter.  There is a time for being still.  Like when you are told to sit for a peanut butter cookie. And there is a time to just remove yourself from the situation. I wish Girl Person would have remembered that.

Some things happen that we can’t even anticipate.  Like when I get up every morning and I am better looking than the day before.  I could never anticipate that.


But when you leave one campground in Virginia and head to another one, drive for over four hours, and find out that you have a few hitchhikers who rode with you the whole way and are very mad about it…well, that is one of those things you can’t predict.  Nor would you want to.

You see, as we pulled into our campsite, it became apparent when Girl Person was helping Boy Person back up that we had a problem.  A real big problem.  And after driving for so long and holding our breath around every curve of the Blue Ridge Parkway, we were tired.

And this wasn’t what we wanted to deal with.  But again, in life, things happen that happen. And you can’t do anything about it except find a solution.  Yet, the solution sometimes isn’t quick. Because you can’t figure out what to do.

We had some hitchers in our traveling RV.

Now.  First of all, many people thought that the hitchhikers were bees.  And in fact, I find that many people think every bug that bites them is a bee.  But let me tell you this.  There is always going to be something that bites you, wherever you are. It could be a bug or a person. Yep. I said that. Mosquitos bit us in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  Flies bit us near Richmond, Virginia. Poison ivy bit Girl Person’s butt and legs and arms. And did I mention all the gnats? So it isn’t always a bee that is biting you.  Bees don’t even want to bite you…unlike me.  Did you know that?  Bees die when they sting.  They are just trying to be bees and make their honey.

Have you ever taken the time to really learn about the bee?

We tend to dismiss things that are small, don’t we?  We tend to try to lump many things together, we dismiss their individuality.  We call a wasp a bee.  We call a bee a wasp.  When in fact, they are not the same.


It’s like saying a dog is the same as a cat because we are animals.

Life is busy and hectic and not many people take the time to learn who they live with…even like the wasp.

You see, everything has a place in the world and contributes to the earth making our food and the air that we breathe.  Girl Person was not happy to get bit by the yellow jacket.  In fact, she was very unhappy.


But to just say that we needed to kill them all to get the problem over with faster did not make sense. So we used cinnamon oil and are still trying to locate the nest.

It is a fight between getting bit and trying to come up with a solution, and the persons realize that not all would go to that trouble. But the yellow jacket is just trying to protect its home as we are trying to protect ours.  Just like the bee is trying to protect its home and its honey. Just like everything, every living thing here on earth, big or small is trying to do.  And if you think, just because you are bigger than they are that you are more important, well, let me tell you this.  You may be able to hurt more things and dismiss more things, but without them, you would not be here at all.


In a world where people and animals are all lumped together, bee yourself.

If you want to show care and concern for others, do that.  Don’t worry about what someone else thinks.  Don’t worry that you look soft like Digby Pancake’s stomach.


Sometimes, it is harder to do the right thing.  But living in harmony is more enjoyable than hate, than swatting, is it not?  Everything has beauty, even if it has to admired from afar like the yellow jacket.

-Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

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