The Watermelon

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle. You may think that you know a lot about yourself. You may know where you were born and where you grew up. You may know who your family is and where they were born too. But what do you really know? Is what you know as important as what you don’t know?

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Yes. Call me a deep thinker. But you don’t have to dig deep to find a watermelon.

Watermelons grow on top of the ground. They have vines and like to climb. But what the vines produce are heavy. So they like resting on the ground.

I know that watermelons are sweet. And juicy. Some have lots of seeds. Some don’t have seeds at all.

There are many different kinds of watermelons in all colors and shapes.

But one of the things I didn’t know, and there aren’t many of those things, is that a watermelon is technically both a vegetable and a fruit!

It is a fruit because it grows from a seed, it has a sweet flavor and refreshing qualities. It is a vegetable because it is harvested and cleared from the field like other vegetables and because it is a member of the same family as the cucumbers, pumpkin and squash.

I can only imagine how many watermelons grew up thinking that they knew everything about themselves.

And then they found out that they weren’t the label they thought they were. And I wondered if this made them feel different about themselves.

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We all want to identify. We want to feel included and proud. But what happens when you find out you aren’t the labels you put on yourself?

We all want to be special, and often, we put value on things that we shouldn’t. The variety that makes up our world is beautiful. And we are all varieties. There is no one exactly like us. Not even ones in our family.

When we only identify with one label or place or color, we take away what we can truly be because we aren’t concentrated on who we really are as an individual.

If a watermelon is put in a salad, it’s still a watermelon. If a watermelon had salt sprinkled on it, it’s still a watermelon. If a watermelon has sugar put on it, it’s still a watermelon. And that’s a good thing.

Don’t let labels change you. Let your own value come thru.

No matter what someone tells you that you are. The sweetest love should be the love we have for ourselves.

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The Salad

This is Digby Pancake. If there is one thing I know, it’s food. Food is always love at first bite. Because it’s the only bite. I’m a pretty fast eater. Dogs are good at that.

For most of us lately, we may feel like we’ve been doing the same things. We may forget what day it is. And it’s not that there aren’t things to do. To be bored is to consider yourself boring. That’s what Sheriff Brickle always says.

He says there is always someone to arrest.

So Girl Person thought about it. She was bored. So she must be boring. But here we were at a farm.

Yes, the produce market was the same produce market everyday.

But what was inside changed. The possibilities were endless. Just like my appetite.

So Girl Person got on her real shoes which don’t flip or flop and walked to the market.

She really was wishing as much as she liked it, that she would like to be in Italy that day. Making some food and listening to some music.

As she walked around the produce, she saw oranges and tomatoes. She knew what she could make. A Sicilian salad. Yes. But what was that? She looked it up on her phone, and just like everything she does, she made her own version.

Now, I’m not one for salad unless it’s a pancake salad.

But I still had fun watching Girl Person mix up her day but mixing up ingredients. She sang Italian songs and drank Italian wine.

And she said although it took all her energy to not be down and make an effort, she was glad she did.

She said life is so uncertain right now that we only know what this minute brings while we are living it. So we need to live it.

We need to exercise our minds. Our creativity. And we need to value what ideas we have!

You see, only we can mix it up.

We may not get to be or to do exactly what we want to now. But in this time comes ways to make ourselves better. To find out and remember who we are. Live it up today. Mix it up! Where do you want to go? Make it happen even if it’s only make believe.

If a salad can change our day, imagine what other things are possible.

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