Your Dog Is Really Cute

This is Deputy Digby Pancake. If a picture is worth a thousand words, what is a kind word worth? I say a million pancakes. And that’s a lot of pancakes.

We have had many dreary and rainy days lately. Days when the rain comes pouring down. Days when the storm clouds won’t pass. Days when it feels like the sun will never come out. And sometimes it doesn’t. At all.

It’s been easy to get down when we can’t be outside as much as we want to.

And yet, life goes on with or without the sun. Doesn’t it?

But often, all we can see is what we are going thru. Or how we are feeling. We are in our own world. And it’s easy not to see what is happening with others.

As Girl Person was taking a walk thru camp on a dreary day, she saw someone else walking their dog. They seemed kind of down too. And Girl Person didn’t really feel like talking to anyone. She was cold. And her feet were wet from her wet shoes. And yet, this person had a dog. And something in Girl Person’s mind told her to just say it.

“Your dog is really cute.”

The person looked up surprised. She didn’t want to talk to anyone either. But she felt a little ray of sunshine all of a sudden. And she smiled. And it seemed like the weather changed a little bit. But only on the inside.

That’s the way it is. You can’t change the weather. Sometimes you can’t change anything. You can change how you handle it. And often, the best way to make your day better when you can’t change your situation is to make someone else’s day better.

It’s not easy to do. Not everyone can be in a good mood all the time like me.

But it’s something to work towards isn’t it?

So say something nice today to someone. It can be when you’re walking down the street and you see someone frowning. It can be letting someone go ahead of you in the grocery store line. Whatever you choose to do today, tell us about it. Pass it on. Your dog is really cute, by the way. See? It’s that easy.

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Passing Thru

This is Deputy Digby Pancake. Another day, another dollar. Or in my case, another pancake. Or if you are a person, and have to do that work thing, another bill to pay. Who is Bill by the way, and why does he get all the money?

We had to earn our treats yesterday, so we went to see a tunnel.

The persons told us that trains go thru this tunnel. And they told us that persons didn’t build the tunnel. They said it naturally formed that way and that’s why they call it the Natural Tunnel.

The tunnel is more than 850 feet long and ten stories high!

Over many, many years, it was naturally carved!

It took a long, long time. Many years. Its older than Brickle looks and that’s a real long time. Some person named Daniel Boone is said to have been the first European to have seen it. We will learn more about him later this week and next week on our travels.

But I can only retain so much information in one day before the pancakes settle.

The tunnel is still used today by trains coming thru that carry coal. But they sure don’t stay for long. As we were looking at the tunnel, all of a sudden, we heard the train whistle and the rumble!

Sheriff Brickle and I were petrified to tell you the truth. None of us were expecting to see the train. We heard that it’s pretty rare to witness one passing thru. But here it came. And we got way out of the way as Girl Person hugged us as tight as she could. And let me tell you. It was over pretty quick.

I’m not sure if life is any different for persons. Like a train just passing thru, life and time passes in the blink of an eye.

Life can be loud and exciting like a fast train. Or it can be slow like a train with nowhere to go.

But as each day passes, there are less and less opportunities to make a moment count.

One day, we will want that train to go as slow as it can. Because we won’t want to get off.

That’s how our family feels lately. I’ve been doing real good. Brickle has been too. Every day has been an adventure with something new to see. And we may just be passing thru each town we stop at. But our train keeps going.

Our train keeps whistling. And my stomach keeps rumbling.

So if we stop in your town with the peanut butter cookies and pancakes express, be sure to say hello.

Because there is always time to say hello. No matter how fast the train is going. Don’t take your journey for granted. Days won’t be perfect. We will have have trials. We will see valleys and mountains and vistas. It’s up to us to keep going. To keep riding. To keep enjoying. Buy a ticket. Use it.

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