Guess what? Laura loves ducks! Guess what else? Laura is turning 9 this month! Guess what other else? To celebrate Laura’s birthday we are giving away one of Gary Rith’s ducky mugs! (Also, Deb, I’m totally
cheating counting this post as my not so very prompt PROMPTuesday #38: My Awesome Things, because Gary Rith’s pottery and his charming blog are two awesome things everyone should check out.)
To win one of these ducky mugs, all you have to do is leave a comment wishing Laura a happy birthday. You have until the end of January, and then we will use a random number generator to pick a lucky ducky winner on February 1!
Why does Laura love ducks? Every flower, tree, animal, and person has important lessons to teach us if we stop, look, and listen. Ducks have important lessons too, and Laura’s interest in ducks gave our family the opportunity to talk about some of them. We would like to share them with you.
Lesson One: After two ducks get in a fight, which never lasts long, they will separate and float off in opposite directions. Then each duck will flap its wings a few times to release the surplus energy that built up during the fight. After they shake it off, ducks make up their minds to float on peacefully. This teaches us that our thoughts about a situation are more important than the situation itself. (I totally shoplifted lesson one from Eckhart Tolle. Heh.)
Lesson Two: When we take to something “like a duck to water,” it means that we learn how to do something very quickly and enjoy doing it. Learning new things and having fun doing it is a good thing.
Lesson Three: When we have our “ducks in a row,” it means that we organize things well. This is a good thing to learn to do in school when we are young. It will help in all areas of our lives when we are old and it gets harder to remember where we put things.
Lesson Four: When we question whether something is really as it seems, we can ask, “Does it walk like a duck? Does it quack like a duck?” If the answers are “yes,” then chances are that it is a duck. This means to trust our instincts when making choices.
Lesson Five: Ducks appear to glide effortlessly across the water, but at the same time their webbed feet are working hard to paddle beneath. It is possible to be peaceful and calm, and still go far.
Ducks at the Spirits in Stone Exhibition
at the San Diego Natural History Museum
Laura and The Girl in
ducky pajamas, natch
part of a Saturday morning
Please leave Laura a happy birthday comment and enter the lucky ducky mug giveaway!
P.S. When you’re in the comment section read the incredible story by katydidnot. I just read it and now I am more in love with my wife than I was on the day we got married, if that is even possible.
P.P.S. Laura is really enjoying reading your comments. And she Lovey McLoveys katydidnot’s ducky story. She said, “Awesome!”