Ducks are another phenomenal species of bird.
They are innately great parents and stay with their young all day and night. They will travel up and down rivers, streams and lakes with their entire ‘school’ of children.
They can often be seen in the early morning hours traveling single file, on land and or water, in lines and rows that stretch longer as the numbers grow.
I have noticed that in the lakes and streams around Walden that it is not one adult duck with a baby or two, but instead there seems to be a large family containing five or six adults and up to 30 chicks at a time.
Projecting caution at all times to protect their young these Male and Female Ducks share the workload.
I have been fortunate enough to witness the chicks following orders to jump in the water one by one while the adult will lead from the front. Another adult will stand at the entrance to the water counting to make sure all the ducks are there.
This reminds me of being a young lad and going for walks with the class at school, where the teacher would be continuously doing a headcount.
There is a saying “like water off a ducks back”. This means that if you stay well oiled with love and light, than anything bad that life throws at you, you can let hit you and then roll right off of you without the impact of crushing you or defining you.
Ducks are known to be great swimmers. When you see Ducks they look serene and appear to be floating calmly on the water. What you can’t see is the Duck’s feet paddling hard under the water.
This is a great metaphor for action. Take action and work hard toward your goals but do not talk about the difficult parts of the journey. Just smile and flow along with the water of life.