Beware of the ducks

by Meri on March 27, 2012










My parents are in town, renting a house across from a lovely lake. Ok, it’s Southern California…it’s a man-made pond, but it’s a big one. I thought, it would be a lovely idea to take the kids to feed the ducks. One of my health goals is to get outside each day for fresh air and a change of scenery…this seemed like the perfect plan. I had visions of my cute little trio sitting in their wagon, gently throwing small crusty bread pieces to a few eager, friendly ducks as we’d sit there in one of those peaceful Norman Rockwell moments. It started out that way for a few minutes, as you can see in the photo above, but then as I looked across the lake I was surprised and somewhat terrified to see all the fowl on the entire lake coming our way at a rapid pace. Then I realized the ducks who had arrived started becoming really aggressive; like trying to find a way to get into the wagon aggressive. One walked right up to me and attempted to grab the plastic bag from my hand, which was when I dropped the camera to protect my kids. I started thinking to myself, “do ducks hurt when they nip?” “Do they nip?” Just then a duck grabbed food out of Tiny’s hand and she didn’t cry so I was feeling more relieved, but then I had a memory of being chased by a goose when I was younger so started to scan the sea of birds to assure no geese were in the mix. None were in site (sigh of relief).

Mr. is a little fearful of the world so he didn’t appreciate this particular brown duck getting in his face who was by far the most aggressive duck of them all. Remember the duck who tried to grab the bag out of my hand? That was him. Mr. promptly learned that if he throws his bread the duck will move to get it so he started throwing his bread and cheerios as fast as his little arm could move. I’m sure his arm is going to be sore tomorrow.

Then of course with three toddlers in a choo choo wagon feeding, oh, roughly a hundred birds, the spectators started to come out. So much for keeping a low profile! I didn’t get my Norman Rockwell moment and peaceful wouldn’t be how I’d categorize this visit to the pond, but in the end the kids loved it and it was a successful day. Definitely bringing with it quick moments of terror for me as I remembered Alfred Hitchcock’s classic movie “the birds” but all in all, a good day.

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Esther March 27, 2012 at 9:11 pm

oh my gosh this is sooo funny, I laughed out loud!! I definitely hear you about the low profile! I think the less we notice people, the less they notice us. Don’t know why this is true, but it is. We took the babies to Wilson Creek Winery for brunch on Sunday, and were unusually ignored (except for the owner and his wife, who would’t stop bothering us multiple times). It was also very loud, so maybe that helped. No one could hear 3 nine month old babies, heck we could barely hear them.

Glad to hear about the pond! Next time you go, let me know and I’ll bring the littles, too (and no bread, it sounds like, lol)!!


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