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A DUCK b. Malin

Updated on June 27, 2011


Were we wrong? Should we have gotten Involved? I'll let you Dear Reader be the Judge.

The story I'm about to tell you took place last week during one of our early Evening Walks. It was a Beautiful Evening, and it was officially Summer. Lover Man and I live around the corner from the Bay, so we get to see a lot of Wonderful Swans, and Mallards, as well as Birds of all shapes and sizes. This account is about a Male and a Female Mallard.

We were rounding the corner and getting ready to cross the street when we noticed these two Mallards. He had just stepped off the curb, next to a house who's "sprinklers" had over shot a lot of the grass, and a large Puddle had formed. He was about to partake of a cooling bath. She was QUACKING at the top of her lungs at him. We both stopped to watch. I translated to Lover Man. "She is Pissed off at him...Who does that? Swimming in a dirty Puddle when he's got the whole Bay around the corner". She stopped Quacking long enough to nod in my direction. "See" I said excitedly.

Lover Man answered smugly, as only a Male would. "Well, what's the big deal, the Puddle isn't muddy...and she's always on his case. This is not the first time that we've seen them and she's not "QUACKING" about SOMETHING". Mr. Mallard, looks at Lover Man and nods in recognition. Now he is looking at Ms. Mallard and neither one of them is saying anything. All of a sudden, Mr. Mallard takes off in flight and leaves her standing on the sidewalk Speechless. She looks at us, and we look at her, and then she just simply walks away."Oh, I sigh, I hope Everything will be ok." "It will be fine", Lover Man says reaching for my hand as we continue on our walk.

Now we are walking near the Bay when Lover Man say's, "Look there he is, with two other Male Mallards". "Yeah, I reply, probably telling HIS side of the story...Look how they are Nodding their heads up and down." Mr. Mallard turned as we walked by and I swear he gave Lover Man a raised Wing...Lover Man just smiled. "He's with his "home boys" he'll go back to her, probably wants to let her suffer a little". "And why would that be"? I said sarcastically. And then we both realized we were taking sides and we started to laugh.

Now it is the following Evening and we are both feeling a little anxious as we hurry our walk along. Neither wants to admit to the other that we are anxious to get to that block, because that's where the two of them usually hang out. I think that neighbor feeds them dinner. At first we don't see her as we approach the house. We turn the corner and there she is "QUACKING" at us, at the top of her lungs...She looks Panic Stricken as she is walking towards us. I bend down and say, "Didn't he come back"? She Quacks, {I swear} "No". Lover Man says, "We can't stay here, there's nothing we can do". "Well, I feel like it's our fault...If we hadn't said anything"....My voice trails off. "Honey, you're not really serious", Lover Man replies. "She was ALWAYS nagging him...I'd have left too if I were him". "Do you think I NAG you too Much? I ask, suddenly feeling like I want to cry. Ms. Mallard has stopped QUACKING and is looking up at us as if she's waiting for Lover Man's reply. "Of course not honey...well maybe sometime...Only kidding...Maybe we all need to Lighten up, Sometimes...But it doesn't stop my Love for you." Ms. Mallard sounds like she just gave a sigh.

Meanwhile from out of the Sky we look up to see a large bird coming in for a landing. It is Mr. Mallard! He lands at her feet and their bills touch and then they simply walk away. We look at one another and smile as Lover Man takes my Hand and we too walk away to enjoy another Summer's Evening Walk. I want to turn around and look, but Lover Man say's, "Let it Be, Let it Be".


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      b. Malin 4 years ago

      Hi Wayne, That's ok, that was FUNNY! I'm so Glad you Enjoyed. Believe me these 2 Ducks are a lot like us humans...faults and all. Thanks for all your Fun Comments.

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      b. Malin 4 years ago

      Hi Becky, Thank YOU! It's true as Humans, we do tend to take sides...But I think these 2 Ducks are still a pair...All is well that ends well!

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      b. Malin 4 years ago

      Hi SGbrown, Thanks for Enjoying one of my older Hubs, it was a Fun write...As these Ducks were quite the pair. Thanks for Voting UP and sharing as well.

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      Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas

      That story was a "quaker-jack"! Sorry...couldn't help myself! It would probably be easier on all the species if they just did what scientists say the do and "act on instinct"...a theory I seriously doubt! This was fun...thanks for sharing it. ~WB

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      Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      Funny and adorable. Don't get in other's squabbles because you always end up taking sides.

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Such a wonderful story! I suppose Mr. and Mrs. Duck can have their disagreements just as we do. So glad everything worked out well for all involved! Voting up and sharing. :)

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      Tarah, so glad you stopped by and thought this Hub a Lovely read. I'm happy you were pleased with the ending.

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      Tarah_ 6 years ago

      Sweet story and a lovely read. So pleased that it ended well...

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      Thank You Daydreamer...and really how different are We from Them? So happy for your Bravo!

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      daydreamer13 6 years ago

      Oh so romantic! This is a wonderful story! So glad I read this! Bravo to you!!

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      Why Thank You Chatkath...Lover Man and I are quite the pair...I'm sure my Duck friends would agree! So Glad you enjoyed!

      Multiman, Life can be Tender and Sweet Sometimes, I'd like to think...Thanks for your Vote.

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      Multiman 6 years ago

      Tender and sweet, voted up.

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      What an absolutely adorable story--consistent with the male/female interaction of most species I imagine but you made the connection so well with the mallards! Rated up and awesome!

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      Men or Ducks what's the difference...They are both Quacks! But still we Love them. So Glad this one was Fun for you Sally.

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      Truckstop Sally 6 years ago

      What fun! I can just "see" this happening. You know, nagging is just because they don't listen the first 5 times . . . Ha! Of course I was rooting he would come back.

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      Hi AliciaC, You are so Welcome, I Loved writing this one! Thanks for Enjoying.

      Thanks Aizel, It's good to know you Men and Ducks stick together!

      Alocsin, Thanks so much for your Vote, It was Fun to write as well.

      Me too Breakfastpops, Me too! Quack, Quack!

      Oh How Cute Mslizzee, his name wouldn't be Donald?? Glad you Enjoyed!

      As Most Relationships are Movie Master...There is that Fine Line...Glad you loved it!

      Hey Chspublish, so glad you stopped by on your Journey and Enjoyed my Duck Story.

      Froggy Prince, They are Just like Us...Don't you think, except they can't VOTE! Or Can they?

      Sweetie, Thanks for all your Lovely Compliments...They make it all worthwhile.

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      chspublish 6 years ago from Ireland

      Lovely story and ducts are so cute, and this comes across so well in your story.

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      Movie Master 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi b. Malin, sounds like a bit of a love/hate relationship!! fabulous story, loved it!

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      elizabeth 6 years ago from Buncombe County, NC

      Oh b. that is too cute. I love ducks and every other critter on earth. The novel I'm working on right now has a duck in it :)

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      breakfastpop 6 years ago

      I love happy endings! Quack, Quack!

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      sweetie1 6 years ago from India

      Hi malin, beautiful story and i have read stories on most animals but never had with a duck as central character ( leave aside disney) you got great sense of story telling. Keep it up

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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      b. malin - Got about thirty mallards in the pond here and they are sitting on eggs. At times it gets hilarious especially during mating season. They communicate with each other in their own way. Fight and make all kissy faced, then fight again.

      Great story.

      The Frog

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      alocsin 6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Thanks for another saga in your continuing series of cute animals. Voting this Up and Funny.

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      Alex Zelahy 6 years ago from Indiana

      Lover Man be careful with any coment less you become all Quacked up. Good hub.

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      Linda Crampton 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for sharing a funny and entertaining story, b. Malin!

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      Hi WillStarr, Thanks so much for those Supreme Compliments, they are much appreciated!

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      Fiddleman, so Glad you Enjoyed my Duck Tale...And Note the Happy Ending.

      Hi Happyboomernurse, It was a Fun write based a little on Fact...The Ducks were real and lots of Fun to Watch...So Glad you liked my Little Piece.

      Hi Jenny2014, So Glad you Enjoyed my Cute little Duck Story. And that it made you Smile.

      A.A. Savala, Very Nice in deed, a Lonely Swan...He was True to Her, HE just needed some Space!

      You got that one Right Cheryl, Love conquerors all!

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      What a lovely, well told little story, b Malin! Up and awesome.

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      Cheryl Kapelner-Champ 6 years ago

      Quacking good story, & the bird came home for X0 !

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      Augustine A Zavala 6 years ago from Texas

      Well, quacking or nagging too much would get on my nerves as well. Sometimes the best thing to do is to retreat to the flock for support. At least he didn't look for a lonely swan for attention. They're a shifty bunch.

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      Jenn2014 6 years ago from Jacksonville, FL

      Really enjoyed this! So cute! I love animals and personifying them, so much fun! Thanks for a pleasant read that made me smile!

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      Gail Sobotkin 6 years ago from South Carolina

      Aw, this was such a cute story. Glad both couples smoothed things over. Beautifully written little piece. I really enjoyed it.

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      Fiddleman 6 years ago

      Great story b Malin, only the ducks know for sure unless of course you know duck talk. Enjoyed very much.