What a neat thing to be able to watch these little ducks!  It does make you
nostalgic for when they were little and you could more easily protect them.
JWR, just from what I've learned about you and your wife over this
impersonal medium of email, I think you both have done the best you can to
prepare them for life.  You've followed that proven method of teaching
correct principles and then letting them govern themselves (wasn't it
Joseph Smith who first said that...and did I get it right?).  That's what
my husband and I are trying to do.  As my son gets taller and taller (he'll
be 11 in October and the top of his head hits just under my nose!  He
thinks that is just great!), it becomes obvious to us that time is short. 
In just 8 short years, he'll be going on a mission (he's already preparing
and talks about it all the time).  That time is going to just fly right on
by.  Sure, I've got my little ducks still at home but it won't be for long!

> [Original Message]
> From: John W. Redelfs <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> Date: 7/2/2003 5:56:15 PM
> Subject: [ZION] Little Ducks
> 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. 
> is so dedicated that she will not move even when I approach her even
> she is terrified as evidenced by her hyperventilating.  But another
> 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.
> John W. Redelfs                       [EMAIL PROTECTED]
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> "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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