Now, I may be educationally impaired when it comes to these things, but I’m reasonably sure that pine trees do not grow in Antarctica. But maybe when Pancake exclaims to Pep, “I may be crazy, but I think those are Christmas trees!” they have made it from Antarctica to an evergreen forest somewhere. I’m not sure. The storyline doesn’t say anything about it.
But here’s where I think a backpack for Pep the fish would be useful. She’s a fish. On the land. Maybe she’s a lungfish? At any rate, I believe that a backpack with oxygenated water and tube would be useful for Pep.
I’m also reasonably sure there are no pine trees underneath the ocean near Antarctica.
I am, of course, ready to admit that I may be wrong! If any of my readers can think of a reason why Pancake and Pep might have encountered Christmas trees on their journey, please feel free to leave a comment!
The Episcopal Advent calendar for today (for Prayer) reads: “Pray along with the Collect for Advent 2, found on page 211 of The Book of Common Prayer. As you are out and about for the rest of this week, notice the people you pass. Ask God to bless them in their lives and work. See how this changes the way you go about your week.” I have difficulty praying along with passages from the Book of Common Prayer, even though it is, as its very title implies, a prayer book. Most of the prayers are meant to be prayed during Mass, led by a priest. I’ll do my best, though, and see how things shift in the next few days.
In today’s segment of the adventure, Pancake the Penguin gets her backpack for the key. The packet contained a piece of cardstock with four paper backpacks attached. Here you see the selection:
There’s one missing here, because by the time I’d thought to take a picture of the Penguin Outback Store, I had already selected and removed the green one, green being my favorite color. The idea is that you put the backpack on Pancake the Penguin, then insert the key (that we got on Day Four) into it. Here’s Pancake with her backpack and key:
Forgive the lighting. It’s terrible. It’s my own fault.
I loved backpacks when I was in high school and college, and would take my own sweet time when shopping for one for the school year. I was never really into outdoor backpacking as an activity (I’ve only gone once, at Lassen Park, and that was quite a fun adventure which I will discuss in another post), so the backpacks I bought were mostly for school use. Now I just have a Josten backpack that I bought at Target for about $20 five years or so ago. It doesn’t get much use since I’m no longer in college and I work at home. It’s a good workhorse, though.
But look at me still talking about backpacks when you want to learn more about Pancake’s journey. Sorry for the digression.
I think it’s unfair that Pep doesn’t get a backpack. And tomorrow’s adventure explains why I think that way.
Today’s Advent reading from the Episcopal Advent Calendar (focusing on the Learn segment of the Way of Love) is, “Read Luke 1:45. Share your faith story with one new person this week. It can be someone you have known for a while who has not heard the faith part of your story. Well, I feel like I’ve already done this: see Happy Zombie Jesus Day Part One and Part Two. You’re more than welcome to click through and read.
I feel like I ought to contribute more to our community. Sacramento’s a big city, and with a big city there are Big Problems. So I contacted the coordinator of the Sacramento ACT organization which works with Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, and got an email back last night. I will get back in touch and see if I can get involved there.