Friday, May 06, 2005

Make Way For Ducklings

It's a "Noreaster", well sort of. It's a storm blowing in from the northeast. Actually a low moving up the coast and we are still on the topside. It has been raining since last night, the wind is blowing sustained around 30 mph with gusts to 40 mph....average Oklahoma wind. The sky is dark, gloomy, and blowing rain. There has already been about an inch and more expected. The high today should be around 52 degrees. Absolutely miserable.

In all of this, my mom wants to go to the knitting shop. She doesn't want to drive because she is feeling "funny in the head". What does this mean? I question her but even my physician history taking skills can only get the "I just feel funny in the head". I have no clue. But, it really doesn't matter, I don't like her driving by herself even if she felt "right" in the head. Rain, wind, traffic, no way. OK, bundle up, hobble to the car, go.

We have turned on to Baxter Road and I see some black specks in the road ahead. The car in the next lane has stopped and so do we. There is a mama duck and eight little fuzzy brown and yellow ducklings, lined up in a row behind her....crossing the street. They are very good and obedient children, staying in a single line, close together waddling across the busy four lane street. Mama duck waits in our lane until the last little straggler makes the hop up onto the median. Then she groups them back together and heads on to start her brood across the next two lanes of traffic. They have probably taken their morning swim and she's looking for some dry place to rest...who knows.

This reminded me of all sorts of things: reading Make Way for Ducklings to my little girl, the duck who recently hatched her clutch of eggs at the Treasury department, and how wonderful mothers are in God's plan. So for ALL the mothers out there; big or small, fat or thin, old or young.....HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!

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