This is Deputy Digby Pancake. Let me be the first to welcome you to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina!
Actually, Jax wants to welcome you too. Sheriff Brickle does not. He is busy pouting over his hurt foot that happened in the line of duty yesterday. But as you can see, Jax doesn’t let Sheriff Brickle rain on his cotton parade.
It didn’t take long for the first arrest of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. As we were walking around camp while Boy Person hooked up all the stuff he has to hook up, here he came. A small furkid not even knee high to a grasshopper, but he thought he was real big stuff sitting up in his persons’ laps in a golf cart. First of all, we do not like golf cart monsters. Second of all, we don’t like grasshoppers barking at us for no reason. I can usually contain myself, but the Sheriff? Oh, he cannot contain himself. At all. As the grasshopper rode by us, disregarding every speed limit in South Carolina, the Sheriff put on his lights, and not only did he flip out, but he flipped out literally. He went down, y’all.
Jax and Girl Person took a tumble into a tree, I just tried not to get ran over, and the Sheriff? You would have thought this grasshopper was the boogie man out to get us all. Sheriff Brickle flipped, face down in a pile of leaves and mosquitos that were bigger than the grasshopper, and we all knew it. This was not good.
When the Sheriff gets mad, the Sheriff gets madder. And you can better believe that when he gets hurt in the line of duty, he is not happy about it. Girl Person tried to contain herself as the persons laughed, and the grasshopper, I can only imagine, tried to hop away, but it was all a blur. Except for the Sheriff holding his foot up. He finally contained himself enough to settle down. He finally was able to walk it off. And yet, I knew this was not going to be end of golf cart monsters, grasshoppers or mosquitos for this week in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. So we might as well embrace it and put on our boogie shoes. We are gonna be dancing again with this grasshopper I bet.
Now, you would think with all of the commotion, and I am sure more commotion to come this week, that Jax would not be smiling. In fact, I would have thought that he would have regretted his whole getting rescued from the ocean thing. But his smile never seems to fade. His eyes may fall off every now and then, or his nose, but his smile just keeps comin’.
Because, you see, Jax is experiencing all of these things for the first time. We have done this gig many times before. And so, even though we find ourselves somewhere new all of the time, we might be taking it for granted. And Jax? Oh, I know what you are thinking. Yeah. Who rescued who? Because he is showing us how great this life is that we are living. Yes, things are hard some days, like the days we move. But Jax enjoys watching the persons and experiencing everything for the first time.
When was the last time that you looked at something ordinary like it was new?
When was the last time that you took a little part of your day and looked at it with appreciation? Jax teaches us to do this on the days that he has eyes. Because the truth is, as hard as some days are, and as tiring as some days are, this is what life is made of. Memories and trials and getting lost. Life is made of golf cart monsters and falls and herds of mosquitos that you have to protect your brother Jax from, but then you realize that he can’t feel them biting him, and then you get jealous about that.
Life is about realizing that every sunset in your day, whether you can see it thru the rain or on a Myrtle Beach night is worth seeing for the first time. Every time. Keep it comin’ love. Keep us smiling, Jax. Welcome again to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina!
-Deputy Digby Pancake