Mr. and Mrs. Duck

Here they are – the two ducks that have been wandering around our neighborhood for the past week. (disclaimer: these two ducks are not the exact same ducks, but the resemblance is uncanny). I refer to them as Mr. and Mrs. Duck. Creative, I know. I imagine they are very much like those elderly couples you see holding hands and taking walks very early in the morning. I think they are in love.

My husband and I first spotted them in our neighbor’s yard, pacing the fence line, as if they wanted to get into our yard. But before they could do too much exploring, we let our dog, Bubba, outside (he was whining at the door). He ran to the fence and chased them away.

The very next day, we spotted them again, meandering on the street behind ours. And this morning they were in our front yard. Right now as I type this, they are across the street. They waddle from yard to yard, side by side, and I’ve grown quite fond of them. Ryan decided to put some bread on our front lawn. Maybe Mr. and Mrs. Duck will have a little dinner date outside our window.

The other day, Mr. Duck was standing in a puddle on the side of the road while Mrs. Duck watched. I imagined their conversation going something like this:

Mrs. Duck: Dear, you do know that’s just a puddle, don’t you?
Mr. Duck: But it’s delightful! Look, my feet are wet.
Mrs. Duck would probably have no response for this. She probably would just blink several times and let Mr. Duck amuse himself.

Maybe I should write a children’s story about Mr. and Mrs. Duck. Oh wow, that would be a horrible idea. I have ideas for other kid’s books though. I thought of a whole series once about animals that were afraid of things they shouldn’t be. Like a bird who’s afraid of heights. Or a raccoon who’s afraid of the dark. Or a snake who’s afraid of mice. Or a worm who’s claustrophobic. Isn’t that sort of cute? What other ones could there be?

I got up at 3:30 AM this morning and couldn’t fall back asleep. So I just stayed up and started writing. Can you tell I am currently sleep deprived? Who blogs about ducks, anyway?

Question to ponder: Have you ever thought of writing a children’s book? If so, what would it be about?removetweetmeme

7 thoughts on “Mr. and Mrs. Duck

  1. T. Anne

    Oh my gosh I love them! It’s spring, love is in the air!

     
     
  2. Jeannie Campbell

    I wrote a YA novel when i was YA. does that count? i’d have to unearth it somewhere..but it had romance, intrigue and suspense. i mean…eigth grade drama at its best. πŸ™‚

     
     
  3. Jaime

    I was going to write a story about a bunch of animals who had to save their forest from being demolished by humans for a shopping mall. Maybe I will someday … if I can into the mindset of a squirrel! πŸ™‚

     
     
  4. Jody Hedlund

    I write children’s story devotionals and these so far are my only claim to publication. I really enjoy writing them. It gives me another outlet for my creativity. I just got two more published this week and when I get the envelope in the mail it makes me feel a sense of accomplishment even though it’s small! At least it’s something while I wait for the BIG deal, right?

     
     
  5. Katie

    Jaime – you should jump all over that! And Jody – that’s awesome! Every little thing helps! Somethiing to add to your bio, right?

     
     
  6. Sally Bradley

    I’m thoroughly enjoying your sleep-deprived post.

    Then again, my little boy woke me at 5:30. πŸ™‚

     
     
  7. Ryan_McGivern

    That is absolutely hilarious…I want to hear more about the adventures of Mr. and Mrs. Duck πŸ™‚

    I really think your idea for a children’s story about animals that are afraid of things they shouldn’t be is excellent! Definitely store that somewhere b/c I think that could be a great children’s story!

    I don’t know if I have ever thought about what I would do for a children’s story…my ideas eventually turn into fantasy adventure type stuff no matter what I start with.

    I don’t know that this would count as a kid’s story, but I’ll have to tell you of my continuation of ‘Who Framed Roger Rabit’ (that is kind of a child like story right? I remember enjoying it when I was a kid anyway)…but basically my story continuation is about the fall of toontown and why it isn’t here anymore (it gets pretty fantasy adventurisc).

     
     

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