The Day Of Fun And The Disappearing RV

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle. First of all, we still have a tire situation. I’ll get that out of the way. We had to move our whole house yesterday to get tires, and then? They couldn’t put them on. Nope. They couldn’t put them on. Something about tools.

So now we are stuck in bad weather until the weekend with bad tires. But hey. We aren’t moving anyway!

So it’s a good thing we had our day of fun while Boy Person had his day of not fun. Maybe we evened out the universe. Life can sure be not fun sometimes.

Since Boy Person’s job yesterday was to take the RV to get tires, Girl Person’s job was to keep us occupied. And so she planned a day of fun for us. We were all about that! The persons like to make sure we are the least stressed when they are the most stressed. It’s hard for them. But I think it helps them.

So when Boy Person was packing up our house to move it, Girl Person started our day with a ride to one of the cutest towns we have ever walked in. Cumberland Gap, Tennessee.

We walked thru the town, and thru old railroad tunnels.

Pretty soon, we came upon one of the prettiest dog parks we have ever seen.

Usually, we don’t go to dog parks now because Digby can get hurt and the vet said don’t risk it. But there was no one here!

So we got to run and sniff and be free for a whole hour. It was glorious.

After that, we were still ready for more fun! So Girl Person said we should go have a picnic at the Cumberland Gap National Park. Because every fun day should have a picnic. It’s a requirement.

And as we got to the National Park, we saw a sign for a picnic area! We saw tables. But we also saw the river and the stone mountains behind it.

Girl Person thought that was a much better place to have a picnic of cookies and pancakes and sardines. Yes. Digby and I like them.

As we sat by the river eating our picnic spread, Girl Person said that maybe things would work out. She said the RV was having a spa day. And we would go home to take a nap outside in the sunshiney.

That all sounded good. But I’m not sure I was prepared for what I was going to see. When we pulled up to our campsite, it was empty except for a bunch of junk. And our house had disappeared.

It’s one thing to need repairs on your house. It’s another thing when your house has to be taken away to get repairs. It’s strange to see it gone. When its your everything.

Girl Person assured us though that it would be back soon. With new tires, that meant new places to go. But after her phone beeped, and she got a text from Boy Person, she knew we didn’t have good news. There would be no new tires this day. And we held our breath until he got back home. Our day of fun was becoming a memory.

As Boy Person pulled back in and almost couldn’t get the jacks down and almost lost his mind, all of a sudden, everyone pulled it together. Everyone except Digby. He was still napping and not affected at all.

We knew we had to appreciate something worse could have happened and that maybe it was for the best. Bad weather is coming today and it’s going to be a hard few days here. Cold showers and cold rain don’t help. But we will be warm inside with our new little heater. If the persons could find some wine, that would be mighty nice too. What’s a dry county?!

But the persons said nothing would ruin this day of fun with hiking and a picnic and sunshiney and getting to run. It had been a special day. And you know why? When something bad happens to us, it can’t make good disappear like the RV! It can’t take it away. Every good thing has its own good memory. Because it happened in that space of time. And it will always stay.

Just a few months ago, we didn’t know if Digby would get better. But he did. And look at all the good things we have seen and places we have traveled to since then. That bad thing that happened could have stopped us from anything good after that. But it didn’t then. And it won’t now.

When we lose someone we love, we don’t just remember when and how we lost them right? We remember the fun times. The happy times. And every good memory should be like that too. Every good memory should be like music to our ears.

So sit tight. We can’t move anyway. And let’s see what can happen when we don’t give up. Big Blue Treat Wagon RV? Don’t stop now. We need you. All of us do.

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The Object Lesson Road

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle. Every day teaches us something about ourselves. I’ve said this before. Some lessons are learned the hard way. Like when you think you’ll like a different kind of cookie other than a peanut butter one. But you never do.

This day is teaching us patience. Flexibility. Hope. Today is the day we try to get new tires on the Big Blue Treat Wagon RV. We found some nice persons to order tires and change them about 20 miles away. We have to pack up the RV and Boy Person is going to try and make it there. Because Girl Person thinks it would be stressful for me and Digby to be in the RV when this is happening, she is going to take us for a picnic while this is going on.

I love picnics so that’s ok by me. But it will be too late in the day when it’s over for us to drive to another camp. Then rain comes tomorrow. So right now, the plan is to stick it out here in the Cumberland Gap and freezing cold and cold showers until Saturday. Then, we will be head to Gatlingburg, Tennessee for a few days.

And then? Let’s not jump too far ahead of ourselves.

All of these plans depend on roads. Yes. Roads. Roads to get us to and from places we want to be or don’t want to be. Tires are no good for us unless we have roads to travel on.

But as we learned yesterday at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, persons had to be convinced on the value of roads.

A long time ago, the United States government wanted people to see the importance of gravel roads. But no matter how much they told them about roads and why they needed them, they figured the best way to have them understand would be for them to see roads.

They called them Object Lesson Roads.

In the early 1900’s, the US Department Of Agricultural built gravel roads to show convenience and convince voters they needed them. And we walked on one yesterday.

I had to wonder why persons would not have understood they needed these roads. But Girl Person told me it was a new idea. It was a new way of doing things.

Girl Person says examples are good ways to teach lessons to others. Like the Object Lesson Roads. We can tell someone our opinion. Like maybe on animal rescue. But if we don’t live that as an example, can they really place any value in what we say?

Or maybe we tell others to be kind. But then yell at someone in traffic. Or we tell others to appreciate their loved ones and we don’t call ours.

We’ve all been guilty of not being a good example or an Object Lesson. But build that road! Show others that being better makes us better and the world better. Go down that road. Travel down it.

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