A Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss

This is Deputy Digby Pancake.  Persons have the craziest sayings for everything to make sense of their crazy world.  And one thing that Girl Person said when we were walking this morning was that a rolling stone gathers no moss.  Well, what if you want to gather moss? What if you want to do that? What if?

As we were hiking thru the forest this week, we noticed all kinds of things.  Those coyotes howling in the distance.  Yeah, we didn’t go over there.  We noticed all the signs for alligators and keeping us on a leash.  We saw squirrels and mice and deer.  But we also saw fields and fields of moss.  Girl Person says that its called Deer Moss or Reindeer Moss.  

Apparently, Girl Person thinks that I want to learn things besides pancakes sometimes.  Which, if learning about other things besides pancakes makes me smarter to ask for more pancakes, I can do that.  I can go with that.  Am I smarter already?  Maybe.  Girl Person says that there is always something new to learn…wherever we are.

Even though we have been back to this Florida place, and we have been here many times, we never paid attention to the deer moss.  It would seem that is a shame.  A dern shame.

Why do we not notice such things?  But also, why are there fields of deer moss and no fields of pancakes? There are strawberry fields, and no fields of pancakes. Why. Why.

Another thing persons say all the time is to be still my heart.  Well, if a heart flutters when it sees something it loves, it can only be still if you stand still and let that something be appreciated.  And since it takes the deer moss so very long to grow that beautiful, many times decades, I suppose that a lot of things have appreciated their beauty before the deer eat it.

And that is a wonderful thing, isn’t it? To be appreciated and enjoyed in life.  We all want that.

So the next time that the persons say a rolling stone gathers no moss, I will tell them they are correct and that I have tested it out.

You see, if we are never still, how much are we passing by? If we never stop and truly look at something, how much of it do we even see?  I suppose that is why Brickle stares at himself so long in the mirror.

-Deputy Digby Pancake

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A Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle.  Have you ever wondered about something?  Like, how did I get so handsome?  Or how can a dog look as good as I do?  Or will there ever be a mirror strong enough to handle my reflection?  I myself have wondered those things, but I also wonder about other things as well.  Like Spanish Moss hanging in the trees in this Florida place.

There is so much moss here that it is hard to keep ignoring it. We have looked up in the trees many times, and have seen this fancy, schmancy tree decoration.  But as Girl Person has told me many times, there are things that we see every day that we don’t appreciate.  And this is the case with Spanish Moss.  Which in fact is not moss.  But it is something called a bromeliad.  Like a pineapple, with flowering parts.  And this blew my mind.  Why was I not privy to this information?  It was a lightbulb moment with moss instead.

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Something else I learned? Spanish Moss is not from Spain.  It also doesn’t hurt the trees generally that it grows on. It just hangs around, being a mossy moss, all moss like.

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And I had to keep thinking about this, and I wondered.  Were the trees that it was hanging on more beautiful?  I thought that they were.  It was like the taller the trees, the more moss. With the older trees came a sense of distinction. You know, like me.

They held a sense of pride, as the moss blew in the wind.  But I knew that in each tree, the moss held more than snakes and bats and bugs.  Yes, they held part of that tree’s thoughts and feelings and and history.

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And I wondered.  What was growing on me?  Was I letting anything grow on me? Besides getting more handsome, that is.  Girl Person says that a rolling stone gathers no moss.  Because it is moving all of the time.  And I thought about that too.  It is dangerous when I get to thinking.  But you see, the longer that we have been sitting still, it seems the more we notice.  It seems the more we appreciate things.  We are letting things grow on us and we are letting things nourish us.  Like the Spanish Moss does to the trees.  It is good to travel and it is good to move along.  But sometimes, you can go too fast.  Sometimes, you need to have a little moss on you.  Maybe you have some on you too if you have been growing a long time like the trees.  If so, what is growing on you in that moss?  What thoughts and feelings do you have hanging around?

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In this Florida place, there are many storms.

Sometimes, the storms are so strong that even I want to hide…to protect my handsome of course.  But sometimes, the storms here blow that moss right out of the trees…moss that has been there for so long.  And that’s ok too.  Because in its place comes new moss and a chance to hang on to new memories.  So if you have been around a long time, maybe even longer than me, try some new moss on for size if the storms of life get you down.  We can do it together I think.

The Adventure Of A Lifetime may be over.  But more adventures are still to come.  We just have to build a little moss on our branches before we venture out again.

-Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

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