Oranges To Oranges

This is Deputy Digby Pancake. Some things get compared. Sunshiney to rain.

Waffles to pancakes.

Oranges to oranges. Yes. You can compare oranges to oranges.

In this Florida place, oranges are treasured. They don’t grow like they used to.

Oranges are meant to be enjoyed. If there was a way that they could be pancakes on the inside when they were peeled, they would be perfect.

Girl Person has been feeling a bit under the weather this week. Allergies and dump smells mean for a lot of sneezing and coughing. So she decided to double up on her orange intake.

You would think that if you are in this Florida place, you could just walk outside and pick one off of a tree. But not so easy. Rarely though, when we are hiking in the woods, we find an orange tree that used to be taken care of. Maybe someone used to live there and moved away. And when we find one, Girl Person gets so happy. Because even if they are old and have went back to their root stock and they are sour, she can still use them like lemons! There is always a use for something or someone even if their purpose has changed.

And as we were walking yesterday at camp, we did find an old tree! No, it didn’t have a lot of little oranges. Only a few. And Girl Person had to climb to get some. But she did! They weren’t pretty or shiny. But Girl Person was happy anyways! And she saved them for later.

That same day, she had to go to the store to get some food for us. When she was there, she told us she found an oh so pretty bag of oranges. All shiny and perfect and lovely. She couldn’t resist. Yes. She remembered her less than perfect oranges at home. But these. These oranges were going to be great! She thought.

She got home and was all excited. She couldn’t wait to eat one of those shiny oranges.

As soon as she took her first bite, she knew.

You guessed it. It was plain sour. You would have thought Girl Person had just lost a million dollars instead of $8. But all of a sudden, she saw it. A lonely, dirty orange on the picnic table. Only waiting to be squeezed on a taco. It wasn’t planned to be enjoyed on its own. But now. It had a chance.

She peeled the little orange and took a bite and it was as sweet as her Pappy’s feelings towards his orange grove years ago. She was immediately transported back there and heard his words.

“Oranges aren’t always pretty. But the trees should be. Do as little as possible to them and let them be. They will give what they want to for as long as they can. Don’t mess with them too much. You’ll just mess it up.”

You see, in their orange grove, they didn’t have endless rows of trees. But the trees were often overflowing when other trees struggled all around. And although one day they stopped growing oranges and slowly died, they had done a good job. Yes. Other trees were there longer. But they were never as pretty. They never tasted like Pappy’s trees.

Oranges to oranges? Who can compare? It isn’t always how someone or something looks on the outside that tells you what’s on the inside, is it?

You see, shiny things may be shiny. But who or what are you looking past because of a little imperfection? Imperfection makes life delicious. Take a bite.

Deputy Digby Pancake

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Those Mountains Were Not Meant To Be Carried

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle. It wasn’t like I thought we would ever be back to Dade City, Florida and my tower. I thought I had climbed that enough times.

And once I left here the last time, I thought that was it. In our travels, I’ve learned that if you say goodbye to a place, most likely, you will be back.

It’s something you learn when traveling full time.

You try not to get too attached to any one place. Because you know you are going to leave. You also have to shut off your emotions a bit too. You will see many things that you wish could be changed. Many places that we went, it was hard to see the lack of caring for animals or the earth. Sometimes it was hard to see pollution or the welfare of people. Every place had its own battles. Everywhere we went, we took many of those observations to our hearts and we still carry them. We still think about them.

Like my tower that I climbed here so many times before, we can go over the same things in our minds. Over and over. Things we have done wrong. Things we would like to change. But my friends, you were meant to climb those mountains. You weren’t meant to carry them.

What I am saying is that if you can help a situation, someone or some place, do that. Make the climb! If you truly cannot, try to get help. Meet someone half way. Can they help you make that climb?

And just like I wait everyday for Boy Person to run to the tower and give me the motivation to climb up, maybe there is someone to help you too.

He doesn’t carry me. He doesn’t carry my burdens. Or the thoughts in my mind. But he motivates me. We all need motivation. We can’t always solve a problem. We certainly can’t fix the world. All we can do is try to make the climb, help, and leave it there. You can’t carry too much or you’ll never go anywhere else.

And just like my tower that I thought I would never see again, or make it to the top, oh…I did. And I left the mountains below.

Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle