The Little Rotten Pumpkin

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle.  I heard someone say one time that when it’s pumpkin season, all is gourd. Actually, I have never heard that.  But I’m clever like that.


Persons seem to think that there are appropriate seasons for things.  Like, only in the spring can you wear white or whatever.  Only in the winter can you sport those boots.  Only in the Fall can you like pumpkins.  Or pumpkin pie. And then, that’s that.

I agree. There are seasons.  Obviously.  But why do persons think less of something when its season has past?  Meet the little rotten pumpkin.  We’ve been carrying her since North Carolina.  When she was in her season.


We got busy.  We thought that we could use her for a little pie later.  And then later and later it became.  The weather started to change.  We broke down. Digby Pancake hurt his foot.  And it seemed that there was no time to bake a pumpkin pie.

So we didn’t bake that pumpkin pie.  And yesterday, well, as it sat out on the picnic table, Girl Person remarked that she wished she would have used that little pumpkin.  Now it was rotten.  It was just sitting there.


And I thought, well, I would have liked a pumpkin pie.  Sure.  Sure, I would have.  Digby would have liked some pumpkin pancakes.  And now the little pumpkin could not be used for that.  No.  It could not.

But then I thought about it.  Sure, it wasn’t used in the season everyone thought it should be used in.  But it still had brought enjoyment.  It still went with us when we traveled and we could look at it on our dashboard.  It sat on the kitchen counter with all the other fruit to be looked at.  And it even got to sit outside on the picnic table for a few weeks as others campers got to enjoy its beauty too.  It’s season may have passed.  But it was still useful afterwards.  In fact, I think the little rotten pumpkin had the time of its life. Even if no one else recognized it.

So little rotten pumpkin?  We may have to say goodbye, but your time here was not wasted.  You see, not every pumpkin was born to be a pie.  Even though persons may tell you that.  If you waste your whole life trying to be something or do something you don’t want to do, that is when time is wasted. Be who you are and use your worth.  You have it, in whatever season of life that you are in.

Goodbye little rotten pumpkin. Your beauty was out of this world.

I will always appreciate when you were here. Although we have to say goodbye, it will always be pumpkin season in my heart.


-Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

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The Magical Water Fountain

This is Deputy Digby Pancake.  Have you ever been walking along during the day, doing the same things that you always do, and all of a sudden you see something that you have walked past a million times?


Well, maybe not a million times, but you get it.  You see something that you might have missed.  Because, well, you’re not looking.  We have been back in this Florida place for a little while now.  And there’s no secret that we haven’t been traveling too much.  Seems like we are trying to rest a little bit, think a little bit and just “bee” a little bit.

We have a good thing going at this camping spot.  It has lots of trails, lots of fields and lots of grass to roll in.


It has a pretty river and swamp which is pretty with all the dirt.  Because that’s what this particular river and the swamp has in them.


Along with dirt, the river and swamp has alligators and frogs and many birds who like it dirty.  It’s in our Florida place and we like the dirty water.  But we sure aren’t going to drink from it.

But the park also has a magical water fountain that no one else knows about except everyone who comes to this park, but I don’t know if they see it.  Certainly, the alligators and the birds and frogs prefer the river vintage of water.

And many people would just pass by this water fountain…except us.  They may just see a water fountain.  But to us, thirsty after a long hike and not able to drink from the river, well, it seems magical to us for sure. Also.  We have never got to drink from a water fountain that tasted so good.


Many may wonder.  Why does the water taste so good from this particular water fountain?  What makes it special? Does it have ice? No.

Does it have Kool-Aid in it?  No.

Does it have..gasp..maple syrup in it?  Unfortunately no.

No.  This magical water fountain makes Girl Person stop and smile as she pulls our favorite cup out of her backpack.  She fills it up all the way.  It takes a little bit of time, but even Sheriff Brickle has to stop and wait and wonder every time…is it going to taste just as good as the last time?  And it always does.


Some persons may think that doing the same thing over and over, or enjoying something over and over will lose its magic.  So they keep searching, they keep trying to find something new.  But what if that something magical is lost because you kept walking? What if we would have never found that magical water fountain?

It’s ok to travel like we do.  It’s ok to have adventures.  But never walk by something magical just to find something else.  You may never know how good it will taste.

-Deputy Digby Pancake

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