Just outside my sliding glass patio door are a number of "wild" mallard ducks. One of them is an expectant mother sitting on a nest of eggs. She is so dedicated that she will not move even when I approach her even though she is terrified as evidenced by her hyperventilating. But another female, whose eggs have already hatched, keeps parading up and down the walk of nearby condos with five little ducklings following her about. I imagine that the nesting, expectant mother is envious. Maybe soon there will be more little ducklings.

I am reminded of those years when my children were little, just after moving here to Ketchikan. We went everywhere together, with the kids following along behind just like a row of little ducks. <sigh> And then they grew up and left home.

"There is no place in this work for those who believe only
in the gospel of doom and gloom. The gospel is good
news. It is a message of triumph." --Gordon B. Hinckley
All my opinions are tentative pending further data. --JWR

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