The Little Things Make Life Delicious

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle.  Oh, people always say it is the little things in life that makes things worth living.  I agree with that.  Except a big peanut butter cookie is generally better than a little peanut butter cookie.  I always have a but.  Except I don’t.

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Sometimes, Girl Person says she wonders how she missed so many of those little things in her life.  Like yesterday, when she walked outside to take out the trash, she looked down and wondered what all these chewed up things were all over the ground.  She looked closer at one in particular.  It was like she had never laid her eyes upon a pine cone.

You know, we know pine trees.  In fact, our family had a whole field of them in that Florida place.  But we never saw anything bother the pine cones, or certainly not eat them.  But here, all these pine corns were.

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Left like a night after an all you can eat buffet with no limit on plates. Someone had a party when were inside.  And we were not invited.  Girl Person said that she questioned whether she would have noticed them, even a few years ago.  She wondered and questioned what other things she had missed.

But I knew that I certainly had not missed my calling as a pine nut butter sales dog.  I liked my name just fine.

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But then I started thinking about it and I knew. Someone loved the nuts in these pine cones as much as I loved peanut butter.  How was that possible?

I knew that the lovers of said pine cones were perhaps the same lovers and stealers of bird seed.  Yes, the gray, eastern squirrel here in this Myrtle Beach, South Carolina place. Seems as if they are everywhere.  And with so many pine cones for them to crack open and find the pine nuts, I can’t say that I blame them. So I won’t say it.

But Girl Person told me that as much as these squirrels loved these nuts, she was sure that she had not ever really thought about what a pine cone was and what it did.

Well, me neither.

The truth is, and I always tell the truth, that there are so many more little things around us put together than big things.

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And when we only see something at a glance, and don’t truly look at it like the pine cone, and who needs the pine cone to live, that is a dern shame as Granny Person used to say.

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Only seeing what is in front of us is not respectful.  Because it means we think that we are more important, because we are one big thing than all the little things put together.

So as usual, travel has taught us something else.  That even though we used to see a million pine cones on the ground, we never gave a second thought to what they were.  But a few on the ground, even though broken and chewed up like an apple core taught us more.  Quality over quantity they always say.  Again, who these they people are that always says stuff, I don’t know.  But they have this one right.

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I think for persons, it is easier for them not to notice the little things.  If they had to stop, and actually have feelings, many could not do it.  They go, go, go.  It is easier to not feel.  It is easier to not see the little things that make you feel less important.  But if we want to be better, we have to do it.

So, thank you pine cone and your pine nut butter lovers for the lesson.  We will need to appreciate the little things today. And we are going to try and keep them in mind. Yes. Yes. The weekend is over.  And so? That means today, we are back on the road.  We are a bit, if not a lot nervous about driving.  The Big Blue Treat Wagon has not been the most reliable team player lately.  Although we understand the reason behind the troubles, that the Big Blue Treat Wagon is tired, it still is not easy to handle.  Being nervous, in anticipation of something nerve wracking is not fun.  But the little things in life going on all around us that could care less about the Big Blue Treat Wagon?  Well, they are what life is about.  And they are what make life as delicious as a peanut butter cookie.  Well, not as much.  But close.

-Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

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Carolina In My Mind

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle.  Are you still with us still in this South Carolina place? So many days, we hear our friends online say that they wish they were here.

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Some friends say that they miss where they used to call home.  Some say that they have always wanted to visit.  No matter where we are in our travels, someone wants to be there. So it makes us feel special that we can be here for you if you can’t. Wherever it is that you want to be at.  But what many of you don’t know is that you can be with us if you want.  And this week? If you want to, you can go to South Carolina in your mind.

Now, if you are here with us this week in the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina place, you are also with about ten million billion mosquitos.  You are with Deputy Digby’s bad breath.  You are with the persons who are stressed out about broken down parts on the RV.  And yet, if you are with me, none of that matters because you can’t think of much else with this handsome.  It is a talent I have that I hold very dear, but I don’t hold it too long because that would mean I would get tired about it.

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But somehow, this South Carolina place is special, even with all of this going on.  They call it the Low Country.  It makes you appreciate the slowness of life and how just walking and listening and sitting on your front porch can be magical.

It makes you wonder if everywhere else in this world is too fast, too complicated and needs more mosquitos.  That answer is no to the mosquito part.

It also makes you think deeper about things, even when you are as deep as me.  As I was sitting on the beach yesterday, longing for the shade under some trees which are not on the beach, I wondered.  Why was Myrtle Beach called Myrtle Beach?

Yeah. So a tree or a shrub called a Myrtle.  Well, I thought it was a good name for a turtle, so I thought that perhaps there was a Myrtle the Turtle that used to live here.  But I suppose I will have to believe the first explanation although not as fun.

Many times, we visit places and just take them for what they are, right in front of us. Probably most people who have visited Myrtle Beach, South Carolina don’t think about how it got its name, the history or the people that were first here.  But how can we truly experience a place without knowing its history?  How can you truly know a person without knowing his or her history?

Beyond the places we visit are histories for how they came to be. And when we open our minds to learning, not just about myrtle trees, but about the people, that will make us better for it.  If we take the time to learn about our friends, and what made them into who they are, we are better for that too.  Have you ever just taken someone for face value?  Unless their face is as perfect as mine, you are missing out.  Because it is easy to judge someone or some place as what we see on the surface.  But it is when we dig a little deeper that the real love begins.

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You see, in every place we visit, there are people that want to be there. Why? They know about it, it is in their hearts, and it is in their mind.

Travel is good for many things.  More people get to see my handsome, and Deputy Digby gets to try more pancakes.  But it also is good to open your mind and heart to learning about people.  People who made the areas you love so much and that are in your heart.  So even if you can’t go to that special place you have been longing to see, you can go there in your mind today.  Learn something new about it.  Find out something new about yourself by learning about others.

-Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

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