Small Things that Brighten Life: The Beautiful Duck(ling)

Since most of my readers were there for the first post in this series, I won’t repeat the detailed explanation of the idea behind (if you missed it, you can quickly scant the first couple of paragraphs here). I just want to mention that today I fight the negativity bias with a non-perfume-related post.

Not far from where I live there is an artificial pond. Despite it being a man-made body of water, many wild birds made it into their habitat. There are stilts, mallards, Canada geese and today I even saw four pelicans. I don’t know what they all find to eat in that pond but it looks like they feel quite happy.

Six or seven months ago I noticed an unusual group of three ducks: a couple of mallards (male and female) and a white domestic duck. There are more mallards in the pond and they all keep more or less close. But this trio is almost always together. I didn’t know in which relationships these three were (Are they of the same age? Or was it a case of a mistaken egg identity?), so my vSO and I just came up with a story that this white duck ran away from a farm where he would be raised for meat and joined the free flock. He seems content with his choice.

Three Friends

Every day, as I drive by on my way to work, I try to spot them because seeing that white domestic duck “in the wild”, completely out-of-place but happy, feels strangely comforting: everybody might get a chance to find the right place for themselves, the right surroundings – no matter how incongruous it might seem for those looking from the passing car.


Image: my own

27 thoughts on “Small Things that Brighten Life: The Beautiful Duck(ling)

    • I didn’t explain it right: I usually see them around, every day. So they are still here. Hopefully, happy :) I saw all three of them swimming this morning.

  1. Undina, sorry I’m late in telling you this (I was away on vacation when you posted it), but your trio of ducks are very cute. I guess we could say that seeing them makes you feel ducky, yeah? :-)

    • You’re so sweet, thank you.
      Since I posted the story I see him every day (missed him just once) – and every time now it feels even better because I got to share the story with all of you.

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