The Laws Of Attraction

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle. There are many things that you may not know about me.  And I like to keep it that way.  Because there is a lot to be said for mystery…being mysterious and all.

But I will let you in on a little secret.  I.  Love.  Attractions.  Parks with displays, roadside stands, markets and places like the stops along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

So yesterday, when we planned our drive and made more progress toward our goal of driving the full length of the Blue Ridge Parkway, the persons had a surprise for me.

We got to stop at a place called the Mabry Mill.

Yes, Digby and I love hiking. We love traveling.  But when we get to go to a place with persons looking at important stuff and we are allowed to be there, it means so much to us…I mean, me.  Digby is just always worried about his next meal.

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Since this was an old mill, they made breakfast here and Digby knew it.  They had grits and pancakes and bacon, and well, that was the only part of the whole place that dogs were not allowed.  But Girl Person had planned ahead and brought all of our breakfast with us.  Because her sign always is lit for breakfast all day.

What I like best about going to attractions like this is that I can appreciate things like the persons.  I like being allowed in to explore and to feel welcomed.  Some of my favorite places in all of our travels have been places like this and short days like this.

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Things don’t have to be complicated to enjoy them.  They just have to make you feel welcome. It actually wants to make me show a little bit of happy and dance like no one is watching.  A little bit.

And when I am happy, just like you, I become even more attractive.  And that is a side benefit of doing things that make you happy.  Your happy translates to others.  I was so happy that even Deputy Digby forgot about his stomach for a moment and joined in the fun.

What amazes me about this mill is not just its history.  But the people that built it, the people that worked here.

And they would have never thought that it would be a place for millions of people to stop at each year.  No, they just did their job and lived their lives.

But they now are still providing a wonderful thing.  Nope, not just grits and pancakes.  But happiness, entertainment and a way to escape to the past while we can learn more about ourselves now.  We thank them for that.

So if you know of something simple that makes you happy…can you revisit that attraction? Be the best you that you can be and by doing so, making others happy in ways that you can’t even imagine will happen.

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I will never forget my day to the Mabry Mill along the Blue Ridge Parkway, and in fact, this journey has been such a pleasant surprise…like that first moment I see myself in the morning.  We can’t wait to see more! Won’t you join us?  We are up to mile marker 212!

-Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

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Poetry In A Cup

This is Deputy Digby Pancake. If there was a ever a time to stop and smell the roses or the flowers, it is now.  If there was ever a time to forget about everything that is going on in the world that is not so happy and find some happy, that time for all of us is now.  Actually, no matter what is happening, there is always time for happy.  If we make the time. And we found out too, that in South Carolina, there is always time for tea.

Yesterday, we had a little time.  Time to be tourists.  Time to look and smell and not rush and just look and learn.  I think all of us need that sometimes.  We need a day without routine. We need a day to learn about something that we might take for granted everyday.  Now.  First of all, let me tell you this.  Dogs should not drink tea and I don’t want tea.

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But I will drink out of tea cup on a hot, Charleston, South Carolina day when it has fresh ice water in it.  Oh, yes.  Yes, I will.

So we took a trip out to the Charleston Tea Plantation.  The only tea plantation in the whole United States.

Since Girl Person had already told us that we could not actually drink the tea, but that we could only look at it, I didn’t know what to think.  Except it wasn’t like we were going to a pancake plantation.  I figured it wouldn’t bother me too bad to not eat leaves. Good things, because it takes 2000 leaves to make one pound of finished tea. Even my stomach isn’t that big. When we got there, there were trails and there was a front porch to sit on.  You have to sit on a front porch when you are in the South.  It is required.

The persons seemed to be pretty relaxed here at this Tea Plantation place.  Girl Person said that probably not many people would think about what made up a glass of tea or a cup of tea.  She said that there are things we take for granted each and every day.  That we just expect them to be there.  And I suppose that sometimes, we can even take each other for granted.  Seems to me that a cup of tea for everyone would remedy that.  If everyone just took a moment to look inside their cup.  Girl Person says there is poetry in there.  Poetry?

Maybe she drank so much tea that she went a little loony. And when you are already a little loony it doesn’t take much.

So I looked.  I looked deep in my cup.  Yes, it had water in there, but I imagined it had tea.  I looked at Girl Person’s tea for some inspiration.  And it spoke to me.  So loud in fact that even Sheriff Brickle had to listen.  And he listens to no one but himself.

Here I am

A cup of tea

I have always been here, but I was empty, you see.

Until you filled me up, I didn’t know what to be.

When you poured tea into me, I knew

That I could be it all,

Warmth on a cold day, or a pick me up when you stall.

But everyone has to make the time 

To find my joy. 

And you can,

Whether you are on land,

Or yelling “ships ahoy!”.

Life is about filing your cup 

With what you love

So take your cup

And make room for tea.

Only then, when you enjoy the simple things of life

Will you see how wonderful it can be.

Yeah, that cup was really long winded.  But I got the point.  It has only been recently that we found our cup of tea.  No, not in a perfect situation, or a perfect house or a perfect itinerary.  No, our cup of tea was enjoying the moment.  Not rushing.  Just being still more often.  Because although we have to keep moving, sometimes, the best view is right in front of us.  At high tea in low country, Charleston, South Carolina on a front porch.

If you have a cup that you haven’t filled in a long while, it is waiting.  What will you pour inside?

-Deputy Digby Pancake

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