Oranges To Oranges

This is Deputy Digby Pancake. Some things get compared. Sunshiney to rain.

Waffles to pancakes.

Oranges to oranges. Yes. You can compare oranges to oranges.

In this Florida place, oranges are treasured. They don’t grow like they used to.

Oranges are meant to be enjoyed. If there was a way that they could be pancakes on the inside when they were peeled, they would be perfect.

Girl Person has been feeling a bit under the weather this week. Allergies and dump smells mean for a lot of sneezing and coughing. So she decided to double up on her orange intake.

You would think that if you are in this Florida place, you could just walk outside and pick one off of a tree. But not so easy. Rarely though, when we are hiking in the woods, we find an orange tree that used to be taken care of. Maybe someone used to live there and moved away. And when we find one, Girl Person gets so happy. Because even if they are old and have went back to their root stock and they are sour, she can still use them like lemons! There is always a use for something or someone even if their purpose has changed.

And as we were walking yesterday at camp, we did find an old tree! No, it didn’t have a lot of little oranges. Only a few. And Girl Person had to climb to get some. But she did! They weren’t pretty or shiny. But Girl Person was happy anyways! And she saved them for later.

That same day, she had to go to the store to get some food for us. When she was there, she told us she found an oh so pretty bag of oranges. All shiny and perfect and lovely. She couldn’t resist. Yes. She remembered her less than perfect oranges at home. But these. These oranges were going to be great! She thought.

She got home and was all excited. She couldn’t wait to eat one of those shiny oranges.

As soon as she took her first bite, she knew.

You guessed it. It was plain sour. You would have thought Girl Person had just lost a million dollars instead of $8. But all of a sudden, she saw it. A lonely, dirty orange on the picnic table. Only waiting to be squeezed on a taco. It wasn’t planned to be enjoyed on its own. But now. It had a chance.

She peeled the little orange and took a bite and it was as sweet as her Pappy’s feelings towards his orange grove years ago. She was immediately transported back there and heard his words.

“Oranges aren’t always pretty. But the trees should be. Do as little as possible to them and let them be. They will give what they want to for as long as they can. Don’t mess with them too much. You’ll just mess it up.”

You see, in their orange grove, they didn’t have endless rows of trees. But the trees were often overflowing when other trees struggled all around. And although one day they stopped growing oranges and slowly died, they had done a good job. Yes. Other trees were there longer. But they were never as pretty. They never tasted like Pappy’s trees.

Oranges to oranges? Who can compare? It isn’t always how someone or something looks on the outside that tells you what’s on the inside, is it?

You see, shiny things may be shiny. But who or what are you looking past because of a little imperfection? Imperfection makes life delicious. Take a bite.

Deputy Digby Pancake

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Forget A Man Cave. I’ll Take A Dog Cave

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle. You know, sometimes, it feels like you’ve been somewhere before. Because you’ve been somewhere before. Such was the case when we visited some Florida caves yesterday called the Dames and Peace Caves. We had been there three years before! Oh. We remembered it.

But one visit to a cave is never enough if you have such a chance. It’s like looking at me only once. While you see a chance, take it if you can do it again.

Many don’t think of Florida and caves. But they are out there. The good thing is that most of them are not known about. Their locations are hard to find. That makes it harder for persons to ruin them.

Sometimes, the places hardest to find make them even more interesting. As the most interesting dog in the world, you can better believe that I am hard to find. And since visiting these caves, I have come to a conclusion. I need a dog cave. A place where I can be my most interesting self. I don’t need a man cave.

I’m not a man. I need a dog cave.

I would let Digby Pancake in my dog cave. He is a dog.

Obviously. I would I also let in anyone who has the password. But in order to get the password, you have to get the peanut butter cookies. And bring them to the cave. To get the password. Did I already say that?

Seems to me that everyone needs a place where they can let loose and be themselves. But as much as I know that, and as much as a dog cave sounds super cool, what I don’t know is why you have to shut out others to be yourself.

Don’t you want to be around ones that let you be yourself? Why be around anyone else? I have no time for that. For me, I am king of my mountain. I am king of my cave. And can climb the highest when I am me.

Everything in nature has something to teach us, but often, it’s not what we think.

Caves can teach us to dig deeper to find our true selves. But as deep as they are, what they really tell us is that when we find ourselves, to be ourselves and to surround ourselves who love us for it. That’s when you will climb the highest!

Not everyone will be able to handle you. Not everyone will like you. But that’s ok. They can find their own cave. This one is taken. Password?

Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

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