All I Need Is The Air That I Breathe

This is Jax.  Yes, I know that you have been missing me.  It’s hard for me to get a word in edge wise around here.  Sheriff Brickle and Deputy Digby talk a lot.  And as the new kid, I  have to sit back and learn.  I’m learning already that this traveling thing is pretty awesome.  It sure beats being in a claw machine or riding the ocean waves in a storm like before.  And since I am new to this Virginia place too…let me just say…this is just so much.  So much more than I thought it could be.

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After a few days of minor mishaps, we made it here to this new campsite.  The boys said they had been here over two years ago when they first started their Adventure Of A Lifetime.  So they were excited to show me around. The hikes, the creeks, the nice people in the camp office with cupcakes…they were all still here.

And I knew right away this place was special even though we were tired from the long drive.

Did I mention the breaking down and the rain?

But what happened when we woke up the next morning?  The first thing that greeted us was a breeze!  A fall breeze!  This was my first one.  And I have to say.  I didn’t know that I could breathe until that moment.

If you are questioning whether a stuffed animal can breathe, you should have questioned first whether a stuffed animal could talk.  So neither is a valid concern, but one that begs to question your breathing skills as well.  Because what makes you breathe?

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Girl Person said that she had forgotten how nice a fall breeze was.  She said that she had also forgotten how nice this campground was.  You see, at the beginning of their trip when they were here before, they didn’t have any idea what they were in for.  This place with hot water and nice showers and laundry machines are a luxury.  But not even all that is the best, Girl Person said.  She said Virginia begs you to sit and stay for awhile.

Virginia wants you to smell the crisp air. But you have to be still to feel it like you should feel it.  And I knew something right away.  I may not have been on their trip before, but I was learning the lessons.  And one lesson started with taking a day off after traveling.  And I was liking this lesson.

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The fall breeze begged us to sit and enjoy it.  We may not have a front porch, but we have a front rug.

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I also learned yesterday how to lay in the sun and charge up so that I could go back to the shade and then back again to the sun.

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But more than anything else, I started to feel like I was part of this family.  Maybe at first I felt like a third wheel.  Maybe I thought I was just something else to carry around.  But it looks like Brickle and Digby are pretty glad I am here for the ride.

What I am learning is that we all need time to charge our batteries. No, that place that made me didn’t give me that kind of battery.

But what keeps me going is my heart that I have picked up along this ride. Because I was rescued.

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Sometimes, you may feel like you don’t have any feelings left because of something that you have went through. Sure, I remember being shipping in that box from China, the claw machine, falling from that cruise ship and getting caught in an ocean storm. But what I remember more is when Brickle and Digby found me riding in on that wave.

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Sometimes, you may forget how special the first fall breeze is.  Or that bite of a cupcake.  Or even the smell of a smelly dog like Digby.  But if you just sit.  If you just focus on breathing…it will come to you.  If you let it.

-Colonel Jax

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Signs, Signs, Everywhere A Sign

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle.  It is known that I can do anything.  If I want to.  Usually, I do not want to if anyone else wants me to.  You know, to look at me, it would seem like I am listening to every word you say.

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And since you think that I am listening, you think that I am going to do whatever it is that you would like me to. But then, I do not.  And well, at least you got to look into my eyes.  that is all I can say about that.

And definitely…most definitely…the signs around here at camp in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina want me to read them. I can read.  But you know?  I don’t think that I can read this sign.

Persons always say that it’s 5 o’clock somewhere. And since our dinner time is usually 5 o’clock, and Digby always thinks it is dinner time, no matter what, I tend to agree with this reasoning.  So what is a Sheriff to do when the law says that he can’t go to his happy place during the day?

It is not like I even want to go during the heat of the day, but that is not the point.  The point is though, that well, I uphold the law. So I have to obey the law.  But I am not happy about it. Especially when I have to sit in a shrine to wait til I can go.

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Yes, a shrine. Girl Person says that this shrine is not for everyone to come tell me how great I am, but that she built it to keep out the mosquitos.  The millions and billions of mosquitos.  South Carolina? You have this sign too.  And well, the mosquitos obviously agree.

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So.  Signs.  They are everywhere.

And I am not sure why we have to be told some of the things that they tell us.

If persons can’t think enough for themselves to do what they should do, I don’t know what to say about that.  Other than, sometimes, if a sign presents itself not written down, maybe you should pay attention more to that.  Like yesterday morning when the persons were trying to sleep and the air conditioner started yelling and smoking.

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Yeah, this trip and our journeys have taken this Big Blue Treat Wagon RV to its limit and I suppose all the signs are adding up to changes. And yet, when you decide to go with the flow, you have to realize that you might need a boat to keep flowing instead of the RV.  Especially when you find more stuff wrong with it as the day goes on.

Yeah, sometimes, the signs aren’t so clear to read.

Yeah, some signs tell us exactly what to do.  Like that sign here in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  But what if the signs are as mysterious as me?  Not so easy now, is it?

Deputy Digby says that all signs tell it like it is.  But that some of us have selective hearing like when Girl Person tells him he has to cut back on the pancakes.  Or when he has to share with Jax.

But here in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, we hope to find some more signs to fun, and a place where mosquitos aren’t allowed.  Myrtle Beach, South Carolina?  We know that this is going to be a week of fun.  I see the signs of sunshiney, of sand in my paws and blue skies.

Life can’t be perfect all the time like my brindle stripes.  Sometimes your air conditioning stops working  Sometimes, you have to buy every citronella candle in the camp store. Sometimes, you have to take a shower with a spider. Sometimes, you have to take a shower with mosquitos. Sometimes, something blows out under the RV that is causing some big, big time wasting. But if at the end of the day, you can laugh about it, and even at yourself, the signs will tell you that you can do it. Because you have “done it” before. The signs will tell you that you are strong.  Because you have been strong before. And the signs will tell you that you have a clear direction, but only if you just keep following them. Don’t ignore them. They are there for a reason.

-Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

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