That Spot

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle. Do you have a favorite spot? Maybe it’s your favorite restaurant.

Maybe it’s your favorite dive bar. How deep is the water?

Maybe your favorite spot is your couch. Or comfy chair. Or both. Like Digby.

But if you’re living in a house with wheels that moves around a lot, you may have a favorite spot. And then you have to leave that spot.

And you get sad about it. Until you find another favorite spot. But it’s still hard to say goodbye.

Many would disagree with my outlook on favorite spots. They might to tend to think that if I can find another favorite spot so easily, I may not have liked the old one that much to begin with. But that would be wrong.

I like myself and my company. I have learned that each favorite spot teaches me something new about myself, because it is new. If we stayed in one spot forever, what would we be missing out on? What would we not know about ourselves? Who would be missing out on learning something from us?

Today as we leave this Carrabelle, Florida place, I will miss my favorite spot in the sand. Every morning and every night, I sat in that spot because it was just right. It had a view of the water and the trees. And I could see the fishing dock in the distance. And I knew the tree stump there. And it was my spot. But I have to go.

The fact is, my favorite spot here could be changed tomorrow. The tree stump could be washed away. The fishing dock could fall down. But I would still have my company. And my memories. I choose to say goodbye when a place is like I want to remember it.

If you’ve been thinking of making changes, but you are afraid to leave your comfortable spot, think of what you could be missing.

What is comfortable for you today may not feel good tomorrow. Don’t wait until you’re forced to make a change. Have it be because you should. And you want to. And have confidence that your new favorite spot in life is waiting for you to get there. Make the leap.

We are back on the road today! Stay tuned to see where we are going. We don’t know.

Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

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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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