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  • After raising Milton and Avery I realized they were a lot like dogs. They can be trained, which turned out to be remarkably easy. Who knew ducks were so smart? I taught them to stay and to come when called. For something that was just a ball of fluff they were brilliant and fun.

    I would go and work in the studio and have them wait outside the barn and play in a pool of water and they would gather bugs in the bushes. As long as I left my green crocs they knew where I was and wouldn't wander off to look for me calling with quacks until I would answer.

    I would check on them and find them splashing away in the puddle and digging it deeper. Nothing made me laugh more than hearing the feet slap the mud and them flapping in the water. They were like the girl from the movie flashdance instead of dancing they were splashing away in place.

    A little later I would finish then for the day and find them nestled inside my shoes napping. How that act would touch my heart to see how they felt safe nestled inside them in front of my door on the welcome mat. I will always hold that image dear to my heart with them snuggled in and their feet kicked out behind them napping innocently from the world.

    Raising them was an inspiring endeavor and I was enriched with their joy and they have given me wonderful stories that I will continue to share.

    * photograph by Jennifer
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