I originally posted this in 2010...some posts just just as good the second time around!
Did you hear the story about the mother duck that was restlessly wandering back and forth near a sewer grate? Turns out she was distressed because her ducklings fell through the grate and she could not get to them. The mother duck was trying to ask someone to rescue her babies, and, since she obviously does not speak (don't let that insurance duck fool you), pacing would have to do.
Hug your mom - or any other significant woman in you life - and tell her you love her today (even if only in your thoughts)….thank her for everything she’s done for you, for the dinners she kept warm, for the buttons she sewed on, for the scarves she knitted, for the questions she didn’t ask (and give her a break for the questions she did ask), for all the times she didn’t say “why didn’t you call?” and for the guidance she happily and lovingly dished along the way. Moms aren’t perfect – as my daughters will tell you – but they are the closest thing we’ll ever have to a real-life guardian angel and they would move more than a sewer grate to get to you. I think your mom deserves a home-cooked meal...and a cake...and some flowers today.
The mother duck and ducklings photo you see is a statue in a park in the Beacon Hill section of Boston. It is a tribute to “Make Way for Ducklings” a children's picture book written and illustrated by Robert McCloskey first published in 1941. It is the official children's book of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.