All I Really Need to Know I Learned from My Ducks

All I Really Need to Know I Learned from My Ducks

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By AMY LAUNDRIE

With apologies to Robert Fulghum, author of All I Really Need to Know I Learned From Kindergarten

(SENIOR WIRE) I’ve gleaned many helpful tips and truths from watching my pet ducklings. Here’s a few to ponder.

  • The first one out of the egg has the advantage.
  • Every day is an exciting, new adventure.
  • If you want the worm, go out, dig around, and find it.
  • Eat your spinach, kale, lettuce, and other greens. They’ll make you strong.
  • Duckling downy feathers become adolescent pinfeathers become adult tail feathers in the flick of a wing beat.
  • Pocket the phone and live in the moment. Watch us ducks. We’re experts.
  • Rejoice in every sunrise and sunset.
  • Resist the temptation to snatch up all the treats for yourself.
  • It’s best if at least one of the flock is on guard.
  • When given the chance, dunk, splash, explore, experiment, play.
  • Break out in joyous peeps and quacks for the sheer joy of it. It’s good for the soul.
  • Birds of a feather want to stick together, so look for those who need a flock, and reach out.
  • The flock does better with leaders looking out for all.
  • There are many foxes out in the world, but being penned up all the time is no fun.
  • Find respite in a gently flowing river, a quiet pond, or a marsh filled with nature sounds.
  • Rainy days will come. Let the water droplets bead up, flick them off, and move on.
  • Even when you’re rained on, you can find a silver puddle.
  • Enjoy simple pleasures: the symphony of morning bird songs, the sight of glistening spider webs, and the feel of sunshine on your back.
  • Life is much better with buddies.
  • Change can be a good thing. This might be your time to test out your wings and fly.
  • It’s great to stretch your wings, but you’re never too old to enjoy being tucked in at night. ISI

Amy Laundry is author of the 2018 release Laugh, Cry, Reflect: Stories From a Joyful Heart, www.laundrie.com.

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