Friday, August 8, 2008

Deborah and the Duck

At one time we lived across from a pond. We were accustomed to the ducks and geese in our area. Many times we would have a yard full of geese.

One day a strange looking little duck came into our yard. He soon made his way up onto our porch. Even when we were relaxing on the porch he would come sit on the rail.

We, of course, were loving this and to entice him to return we would give him bread and crackers. He would even take bread that I would hold in my mouth. (We even put up with the mess he made on the porch. Larry would hose the porch off every evening after our fowl friend left.) He would come into our screened-in back porch and sit on our outdoor table. We named him Forrest because he was so daffy sometimes, but so loving, friendly and open.

Sometimes I would pick him up and hold him and he didn’t seem to mind at all. Often we would walk over to visit him at the pond where he spent a lot of time.

For two years this strange duck came to our home to be fed and talked to and just to hang out. He became part of our family and I truly believe he felt like he was ours. He was very personable and not afraid at all. You can see in the picture a piece of bread in my mouth and the little fellow taking it.

With a pond across the road, there were several geese and ducks - but none like this one. (We later found out that he was a Muscovy Duck). We were used to seeing geese fly over in formation. That’s a beautiful site. But what we watched for was our friend. We could see him flying in the distance, then he would circle over our home and we knew it was "our" duck. We would call out to him. He circled a couple more times, then he would come down for a visit. He would fly in, making a most graceful landing. He would visit for awhile, then off he would go to the pond across the road. It was a most glorious thing to see him landing and taking off. He would stand just at our feet before leaving. We could feel the breeze from his wings as he left. Building began at the pond and he disappeared. We searched for him, but to no avail. We would sit on the porch and watch the skies. I was so afraid he had been injured or worse. He didn't return.

One spring day two years later, we heard a knocking on our front door - I opened the door. Not seeing anyone, I looked down only to see our friend prancing past me into the house! It was like he had never been away! He walked right into the house! He spent that spring and summer with us - then left again as before. We searched and searched for him but we never saw our feathered friend again. Forrest was part of our family and we miss him.

Joining me today in posting a favorite family photo is:

DAWN at Dawn's Daybreak

DIANE at A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

JEANNE at Backyard Neighbor

CAROLYN at Wings of Eagles

VANESSA at Vanilla Lavender

Please visit their Favorite Family Foto post and leave a comment.


An Enchanted Cottage said...

Oh, Deborah, that is the sweetest post! You two definitely had a connection...Donna

Susie Q said...

This is such a wonderful post. I love it...I too have felt this way about many fur and feather creatures. Thank you for sharing this!


Amy said...

awww what's cute! I love ducks :-)

Jeanne said...

Deborah, I should have told you I was posting a favorite picture today. I will always post a favorite photo on Friday. I love doing it.

I absolutely adore your duck story and your photo with the duck. You can see the time I am writing this comment. My dog woke me up to take her out at 2:00 am. sigh! Now I can't go back to sleep. We are in Raleigh visiting our son. I hope we can meet on Sat. if not, there will be other times I am sure.

Love ya, Jeanne

Rosie's Whimsy said...

A wonderful bittersweet story. Isn't it amazing how attached we can become. Thanks for sharing :-)

Schotzy said...

That is fascinating! Cute pictures, too! I also, posted a ffff today! This is a very fun meme!


What a cute post and a heartfelt and interesting one too!!! I love these animals that find us!!! I have so many furry strays.. they make the best friends!!
I plan to get back to FFF hopefully next week when I can get more organized after my move.
Have a great weekend!!

Dawn said...

That is such a great story! I'm impressed with with how much Forrest loved your family. You know, that would make the greatest children's book!!!

take care,

Vanessa Greenway said...

How nice!! Very cute! Looking forward to seeing you!! HUgs, Vanessa

Rhonda Hartis Smith said...

Deborah, your story was so sweet I want to cry! Maybe Forrest will show up again some day.
Thanks for stopping by and your encouraging comments.

bj said...

Well, this is just the sweetest thing I've ever heard. Amazing! Thanks so much for sharing this precious story....

Mary said...

Quite amazing, especially when Forrest returned after such a long absence......and knocked at the door, love it!!!!

Beverly said...

Deborah, I adore this story. How absolutely amazing.

Jeanne told me what a wonderful time she had meeting you yesterday. And, she said you were so nice.

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

That is such a touching story!!! Thank you for sharing that!

claudie said...

Miss Bee
I've always to this day told Randy that I wanted a duck. I might just get one. Not sure it could tolerate our winters though.
I LOVE this story and you.

GeezerGuy said...

What a fantastic story! It is so great that you have documented it for your children and grandchildren.