That Moment Before

This is Deputy Digby Pancake.  It’s been said that there are some things worth waiting for.  I don’t know who said that, but waiting is not my strong point.  Especially not yesterday when we went to Helen, Georgia. I had one thing on my mind.  Cake.  Not waiting on cake.


I knew before we got there what my game plan was.  The cake.  I saw the pretty buildings in Helen, Georgia and I saw all of the people walking thru town.  I saw all the neat places to go.  I was trying to be patient.  Really.  I was.


I told you yesterday all about the kuchen, the German cake in the German town called Helen in that Georgia place.  And I learned once we got there that not only did they have cake, but they had cookies, they had it all.  And I almost could not wait.  I wanted the cake. Oh, the anticipation.  It was almost too much to bear.

The drive had taken us an hour to get there.  I just wanted to get to that cake and maybe even get an extra one to take home.

As we waited outside for Boy Person, I imagined that cake.  That kuchen.  I imagined what kind he would get.  I imagined what it was going to smell like and if I could eat it faster than Brickle.  And then he came out.  And it was like all of the town of Helen, Georgia seemed more beautiful.  It seemed so sweet.  It was a dream come true.  And that moment…that moment right before I took that bite, all of my senses felt alive.  All of my hopes and dreams for cake came down to that one second before I tasted it.  And I knew.  That moment before, that moment right before, was just as sweet as the cake itself.

There once was a famous bear named Winnie the Pooh.

“Well,” said Pooh, “what I like best,” and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn’t know what it was called.” 

And I knew what he was talking about.  Because in all of our travels to many places, the excitement of getting there and imagining what it is going to be like is sometimes better than when we actually get there.  Imagination paired with anticipation may be one of the things that dogs are best at.  We imagine by smells what a place will hold out for us.  And we don’t even try to hold back our excitement.

I think that persons sometimes try not to get too excited.  They think that something will disappoint them that they have planned to do for so long. So they don’t feel everything that they should be feeling. They think that if they show their excitement that somehow it won’t be as fun.  Well, I can tell you this.  That if you LET yourself be excited and if you anticipate that special thing or that special place that you are going to, well, no matter if it is what you thought or not, that moment before will take your breath away.

That cake in Helen, Georgia was even better than I thought it would be. But it was that moment. That moment before that I will always remember.  Think about all of those moments before in your life that you may not have appreciated.  And start appreciating them now.


We have some special blogs for you planned next week starting on Monday, with some pretty exciting news on November 1st! Stay tuned to see where we are going to take you. Anticipation!

What’s coming up on our Facebook page this weekend?

Today (Friday) 11 a.m. ET, see our travels thru Helen, Georgia

Saturday 11 a.m. ET, see our waterfall hike in Unicoi State Park

Sunday at 10:30 a.m. ET, a new episode of “Ask Brickle”

Are you excited?

-Deputy Digby Pancake

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There Is Always Cake

This is Deputy Digby Pancake.  I think you will agree that the last week and a half has been a little boring for me.  I am not one to complain about having to rest…but even I have my limits.  I keep hoping every day when I wake up that I won’t need to wear this shoe anymore.  Persons keep asking me if I lost a shoe…or three.  And I just tell them, no, I found one.


But every time I wake up, I see that shoe sitting by the door, just waiting for me to put it on.  And I figured out that if I had to put on a shoe to go outside, I might as well make wherever I am going worth it.  I thought about Germany.  Yeah, I wanted to go to Germany.  Why?  Sitting around, I have been listening a lot to the radio and I heard someone talk about a cake they make in Germany called Kuchen.  Yeah.  Yeah.  My shoe wanted to go to Germany.  Why is it when you sit around doing nothing, you get hungrier?  If I was made of cake, I would eat myself before someone else could.

Girl Person said that she didn’t think I should walk that far…you know…to Germany. So instead, she suggested a town nearby.  A German town called Helen, Georgia.  And she said that I just might be able to get some cake there.  She said I certainly deserved some.

If there is one good thing about being slower, it is that the persons and Sheriff Brickle have to travel at my speed.  I don’t just stop and smell the roses, I fertilize them, I water them and sometimes, I am so slow, they grow right before my eyes.  So Helen, Georgia?  I am coming to visit today.  And I have an agenda.  To stop and eat the cake.  As long as I have to keep wearing this orange shoe, I am going to let it take me where it wants to go. And today? It wants to eat some cake in a town called Helen.  Girl Person said that if I like Kuchen, I may have to change my name to Deputy Digby Kuchen instead of Deputy Digby Pancake.  And I say that if the shoe fits…wear it.  I also say that even if I can’t say kuchen, I can eat it.

I think that every little thing in life has something to teach us.  Even cake.  Because despite how bad things can seem sometimes, or when we feel discouraged, think about this.  There is cake.  And if there is cake somewhere like Helen, Georgia, there is always hope that things will get better.  Someone loves you as much as I love cake.  You are just as sweet to them as kuchen.

So won’t you come with me to Helen, Georgia today?  My shoe may not take me on a long hike like I am used to.  But if the road leads me to cake, who am I to complain?  That is still pretty sweet.  I may have hit a fork in the road.  To cake.

Even when we think things aren’t going our way, and we have life all figured out, it has a way of throwing us an orange shoe.  And if that happens? Put it on and ask it where you should go.  It will lead the way.

-Deputy Digby Pancake  until tomorrow.  When it will be Deputy Digby Kuchen

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