The Swing

This is Deputy Digby Pancake. When was the last time you did nothing? You know. The enjoyable kind of nothing. I am an expert.

It’s one thing to sit. And it’s another thing to enjoy. And yet another thing to concentrate on the doing nothing part.

I thought about all of this, which was actually doing something, when I saw a swing here at camp on the beach. There it was. Waiting for someone to notice it. I did.

I have looked at it every day. Yet I haven’t seen anyone sit in it. And I haven’t seen anyone swing in it. And I would assume that is what you do on a swing.

Girl Person said it’s because people are busy doing other things.

Like walking on the beach. Or looking at their phones. Neither she said is a bad thing. But sometimes, she said a swing invites you to sit for awhile. And just be.

I thought about that. And it’s like dogs have their own swing every day. We are good at just being. And living. We don’t need a lot of extra. Except extra maple syrup on my pancakes. And maybe though, if I had my own swing, sometimes it would be nice to have someone sit with me too. Without their phone or anything but themselves.

Simple things in life may seem unimportant. But when was the last time you enjoyed a simple thing?

If you had a swing, and could invite anyone to sit for awhile, who would that be? What would you talk about?

Never take for granted that life doesn’t have to be complicated to be good.

It doesn’t have to be filled with stuff and distractions. Because when it comes down to it, we all need to sit for awhile.

Deputy Digby Pancake

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The Van

This is Deputy Digby Pancake. Doing the right thing isn’t always easy…is it? Hardly ever and most likely never, do I want to use the bathroom in appropriate places. Hardly ever and most likely never, do I want to bark with my inside voice. And hardly ever and most likely never, do I want to cut down on my treat intake. No. Doing the right thing isn’t always easy. But especially for persons.

Persons seem to get caught up in problems they have made for themselves or imagined for themselves. For us, it’s that we can’t decide where to go next. We also are tired. The Big Blue Treat Wagon is groaning. And our car is moaning. If it could talk, I’m not sure what it would have to say would be very nice.

We have been having a hard time finding campsites lately because I guess everyone thinks it’s not cold in this Florida place. But news flash. I almost put on pants.

Problems for persons can make them forget that they aren’t the only ones in the world. Even if you have others literally parked on top of your house on wheels. Yes. Sometimes, camping is a little too close for comfort.

Even if you have good camping neighbors, persons can get irritable. Like they need more space. Sometimes, they go into their own world even without space. Brickle and I always acknowledge when someone comes up. No. That’s not a time to use my inside bark. But the persons lately? A few times they ignored others right next to them. They didn’t say hello. And they weren’t mean. But they weren’t nice either. So when a van came parking next to us…real next to us at a campground last week, the not mean but not nice side came out. And the persons tried to pretend we were on a deserted island. But I haven’t seen a deserted island with a van before.

Nope. I wasn’t shocked about it. I knew they’ve been busy and preoccupied. But I said hello anyways. And then the next morning, the persons took us hiking.

And when we came back, we saw the van was gone. Gone.

And Girl Person asked Boy Person if he had talked to them. No. Boy Person asked Girl Person the same. She said a little. She knew their dog’s name. They were quiet. But then all of a sudden, Boy Person said it. He needed to be a better person. What was wrong with him? Maybe he needed a doctor or something.

Nope. Here we are, trying to make the world better. But we are in our own world sometimes. And it’s not acceptable. It’s not acceptable to not say hello. It’s not acceptable to put your problems on someone else…or a van in a camping spot that has as much right to be there as you.

You see, you could have a van too close to you. Or a car going slower than you think it should on a highway. Or an older person who takes too long to write a check in the grocery store. But why I wonder is this a big deal to persons? Why is it another person’s fault for enjoying the day?

Don’t let the world turn you into someone you don’t want to be. Be who you can be. Who you should be. Take the time to say hello while you can. Because as Boy Person was stressing out over the mistakes he made, he thought he wouldn’t get a chance to ever make it right. But when the afternoon came, guess who came back? The van. And it brought back a chance to make things right. And he did. You can too.

Deputy Digby Pancake

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