When You Can’t Do A Thing, You Can

This is Deputy Digby Pancake. If there is one thing I know how to do when I’m not eating pancakes, it’s how to let others know when I have an opinion.

But even when I have an opinion, sometimes, I know it’s useless to bark. Barking isn’t going to make dinner cook faster. Barking isn’t going to make that man with a hat on take it off. Barking isn’t going to make Girl Person sing less in that key when her song comes on the radio.

Sometimes in life, there’s something that happens and you are very sad about it. Or upset. Or mad. And as much as you want to change it, you can’t. You really can’t. That’s what I knew when we saw thousands of jellyfish washed up on the beach.

At first, we saw a few. Then we saw more. I knew not to mess with them or touch them. Sheriff Brickle and I actually follow Girl Person’s direction on that. My pancake butt doesn’t want to be stung.

Girl Person said jellyfish are very important. Each one of them.

It was heartbreaking to see all of them washed up and not able to get back in the water. There was nothing we could do. Girl Person sighed and said it was time to go back to the RV. She looked up why they were there and found out it was due to tides and changing currents. Seems to me that everything is out of balance. And yet I can’t help the jellyfish. Even Brickle can’t help the jellyfish. Or can we?

Girl Person said that although we were sad, it was a chance to appreciate the jellyfish. Every one of them. Because by acknowledging their existence and not just walking by, that was doing something. Looking up how jellyfish were important to our environment was doing something. Seeing them for the role they place on the earth was doing something. Because most would not care except for the fact it would interrupt their swimming that day.

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You see, persons are good at ignoring things. Each other, the earth, animals. They think if they immediately can’t solve a situation, it’s not worth pondering. And I’m saying it is. We couldn’t change the tides to save the jellyfish, but could we learn why it happened or even just one thing about the jellyfish? Did you know they love sunshiney too?

When we know we can’t change something, we can do something by not ignoring. Just like you can’t ignore my barking, don’t ignore your feelings. Dont ignore others.

Don’t ignore the possibility that knowledge may cause change if not today, tomorrow.

Deputy Digby Pancake

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The First Impression

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle.  Oh, the art of a first impression.  Seeing me everyday is pretty much always like a first impression.  Because at first, you think, wow, I have not ever been privileged to see a dog that handsome.  Then you realize that maybe you have met me before.  But then seeing me again is like the first time.  I get it.  I sympathize with that.

But as great as a first impression I give, Deputy Digby may need to work on his a bit.

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As you know, every day is Hump Day to Digby.  No matter where we are, what we are doing or how much he embarrasses the persons.  Not my monkey. Not my circus.  Don’t go to the circus by the way.  But.  That’s another story.  As we were walking on the beach last night, finally without any rain, we saw many shells.  Many beautiful shells washed up from the big storms.  We even got to meet some crabs and say hello.

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But as were walking, out of nowhere, we saw a bubble on the sand.  A kind of balloon looking creature I suppose that you could say.  And Girl Person thought that it was fake.  How could something be this beautiful?  She had been in this Florida place for a very long time.  And this was a first time for her seeing such a sight.

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Have you ever looked at something so gorgeous that it doesn’t seem real?  Obviously, the answer is yes.

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So, as Girl Person always does, she thinks that something needs her help.  Here this beautiful creature was, who Girl Person thought was a jellyfish, that she decided needed rescuing.  Trying to keep Digby and I away from it wasn’t an easy task as she found a stick, waded into the ocean, and guided it back in.  But folks?  This was not a jellyfish. This creature’s name was Man O’ War.  That is not a jellyfish.

Now.  I am all about learning.  I am all about beauty.  I am all about learning how beautiful I am.

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But this was a new one to all of us.  After watching the news that evening, and telling Boy Person about a beautiful jellyfish, it became apparent that the jellyfish was actually a Man O’ War that had been washed up from the big storm.  Also, we learned that he could sting you for even three weeks after being beached.  Also, we learned that we still would have done the same thing to help him.

You may wonder why anyone would try and help a creature that could harm them.  You may wonder if in fact it is worth the trouble.  Worth your time.  But what if someone felt the same way about you?  What if you needed help some day?  What if others had to put themselves out to help you, or stop in traffic? What if no one cared, but just walked by?  Have you ever been in that situation?  Did you ever feel like a Man O’ War beached on the ocean’s sand?

Because everything plays a role in how our earth and our world functions, nothing is less important just because it can be harmful to something else.  But we have to respect it.  They are just trying to survive, as we all are.

The ocean and the water and the sand have a way of making you reflect on life, and how much each life means.  You see, when it comes down to it, who is scarier?  A Man O’ War or persons ruining the earth?  Who of us is in too much of a hurry to stop and help a crab get back into the waves?  Who of us is in too much of a hurry to help a Man O’ War?  Who of us is in too much of a hurry to look at me?  Slow down.

You see, the first impression of this beautiful creature on the ocean made us stop.  It made us appreciate.  Let your first impression to something that needs your help be the most important impression that you can give.  Otherwise, one day we will miss the creatures we are scared of when their beauty is gone.  And we don’t want that to ever happen.

-Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

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