In Tupelo, Mississippi

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle. I’ve been so many places that my paws can’t keep track. If I wore shoes, well, I would have went thru a hundred pairs by now.

But I never thought I would be walking where someone called Elvis was born. Or standing on his front porch in Tupelo, Mississippi.

I suppose I didn’t have a choice, either. Because Girl Person said it was a must. An absolute must we stop here. All Digby knew was that he likes Tupelo honey when he runs out of maple syrup on his pancakes and so he said he knew more about Tupelo than I did.

Has there ever been anywhere that you’ve wanted to go but you didn’t know why? That’s what Girl Person said she felt about the house where her favorite singer was born.

She had always wanted to come here…where he came from. Where he was born. Somehow, she felt like it would inspire her. That even if you are in a situation like Elvis’ family, you can still follow your dreams.

Tupelo, Mississippi was our destination.

We got off the Natchez Trace Parkway, packed up some peanut butter and banana sandwiches, and Girl Person was so excited she couldn’t stand it. Boy Person was pretty much along for the ride.

Tupelo, Mississippi wasn’t a big city. But it sure had big personality.

And I could tell that they were very proud of Elvis. The hardware store where his mom bought him his first guitar was there.

But I’m not sure many people here had actually ever met Elvis.

And I knew the people who visit here didn’t know him. But they still love him for different reasons. Maybe they like his music.

Maybe they like his movies.

Maybe they don’t like either his music or movies. But maybe they like how he inspires them. Even long after he was gone.

Elvis was just a person. Like you. And Girl Person said visiting his house made him feel more real to her. That he was more than a singer. He had struggles and a family and he loved to sing. He just happened to be well known. It’s easy to look up to people and place them on a pedestal. But never think someone is better than you because they have more money or because they are famous.

It’s ok to be entertained and inspired by others. But don’t love them so much that you forget how special you are. Your talents are important too. Maybe you can’t sing like Elvis. Or dance like Elvis. No one can, actually.

But no one will ever be you. In Tupelo, Mississippi, Elvis Presley was born. Everyone comes from somewhere. Where were you born? Have you done something worth mremembering? Inspiring? There’s no excuse. Be a famous you. The best version of you.

Girl Person said she was glad she finally got to come here. But what she learned was more about herself. And how everyone is special. Everyone is a star. I already knew that.

Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

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Take Out The Papers And The Trash

This is Deputy Digby Pancake. Some numbers I know. Like the average amount of pancakes in a stack. Some numbers I ignore. Like the scale. Some numbers I need to learn. Like how many licks it takes in the middle of the night to wake up the persons.

But a number that keeps coming up today is a number being thrown around by the persons. 25. 25 years of them saying they would be together forever and a day. 25 years of being married and trying to live every day together.  25 years of listening to their wedding song.  Yeah, glad I missed that.

But there’s also been 25 years of dinners and problems and happy stuff.  Even 25 years of taking out the trash.

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Yes, they got married…whatever that means, 25 years ago today. They said that although it feels like it was a long time ago in some ways, in other ways, it feels like yesterday.

Gandma says that time seems to fly by faster the older you get. And I suppose I agree with that.  Time goes by fast for persons when you do a lot of stuff like working and trying to make ends meet and you never find the ends to meet up.

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Time goes by fast with the ones we love and the ones that aren’t here anymore.

Time just keeps on keeping on until one year becomes 25.  That’s at least what they told me.

Even though Brickle and I haven’t been with the persons for all of those 25 years, I do know this.  There have been more days of living than more days of anniversaries.  Girl Person says that although 25 years is a reason to celebrate, it’s the normal days of staying together and doing the normal things for each other that make you want to keep on going.  Like getting groceries. Like making dinners and lunches and eggies.  Like decisions on where to live and the laundry and the little things that happen day after day after day.  Even taking out the trash.

Being a family doesn’t mean that things go smooth like peanut butter all the time.  In fact, some years, nothing seems to go smooth.  Some years are hard.  Some years are harder.  But you don’t give up. Even when you say you give up, you try again.   And that’s enough. That’s more than enough.

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I know more than just about pancakes.  I know that I always want our family to be together. That means more to me than even an all you can eat pancake buffet.

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And whether we are together in this broken down Big Blue Treat Wagon RV or somewhere else, this year will be more than just about celebrating one day like today.  It will be about trying to work.  It will be about trying to make the right decisions.  It will be about continuing to fight that Depression Monster. It will be about moving forward.  Together.  And being the most happy we can be.  Even when we take out the trash.

-Deputy Digby Pancake

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