Feeding the ducks…

It was cold, but it was a beautiful day. Signs of spring in the air… catkins and pussy willow dancing in the breeze, swathes of daffodils about to open beneath the trees… and the first of the early blossom open on dark boughs.

Two small, smiling faces greeted Grandma at the door and we were whisked off to the local lake with the intention of feeding the ducks.  It has to be said that the ducks were rather outnumbered by the swans and the seagulls but the mallard couples had been personally named by my granddaughters, so they were definitely the most important.

Our quiet corner by the flooded stepping stones was soon overrun by hopeful diners. I doubt if any bird went hungry, given the number of children feeding them by the main square, but it was all ‘up close and personal’ where we were, with Hollie telling the birds how to behave and share…

It is wonderful to be out with the children, teaching them as they question,  pointing out the scales on a bird’s foot and opening conversations on where we all ‘came from’.  And it matters little how old the children get… even in his thirties, my son is asking about the relative strength of bird bones…

…and I am coming home to look up the answers too.  It really is about life-long learning. And not always about the facts.

Learning to understand facts is only part of the journey… learning to understand each other, the ‘whys and wherefores’ of how we act as we do, the choices we make, the boundaries we impose… they are perhaps the more important issue, for too often it seems as if we close ourselves off from life for no reason.

It was curious being pushed around the lake by the girls today. Most people simply chose to ignore the person in the wheelchair. Others acknowledged another human being with a smile… yet others, and these seemed the majority sadly, made it clear they felt I should not be on ‘their’ path, breathing their air and putting them at risk (presumably with my ‘cancer microbes…’).

The girls, though, don’t care… any more than Hollie and her friends cared when I turned up in full ‘princess dress’ for one of her birthdays. It is who you really are that matters to a child. The little one has her own ideas on that. Her name, which means, appropriately enough, ‘daughter of light’, chimed in from nowhere as we were talking. “Imogen is memory.”

And, as I waved them goodbye from my doorstep after sharing homemade cookies, retro lollipops and a wonderfully ‘grandma’ly afternoon with them… I hope she is right.

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at scvincent.com and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email: findme@scvincent.com.
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78 Responses to Feeding the ducks…

  1. I think people are not so much scared as awkward. They feel like they should say something, but have no idea what to say. They are uncomfortable. And there are some idiots who just feel that wheelchairs are too slow and impede their progress, though why anyone is in a hurry while feeding birds at a pond is baffling.

    Everyone seems to be in a hurry, even when they are on vacation or taking a day off. Every year, it gets worse.

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  2. willowdot21 says:

    Beautiful , photos and as always beautiful words and lessons for is all 💜💜💜

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  3. willowdot21 says:

    Reblogged this on willowdot21 and commented:
    Ducks, wisdom and grandchildren.

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  4. Darlene says:

    The gift of another wonderful day with your granddaughters. You are blessed as are they. xo

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  5. Jen Goldie says:

    Reblogged this on and commented:
    “Learning to understand facts is only part of the journey… learning to understand each other, the ‘whys and wherefores’ of how we act as we do, the choices we make, the boundaries we impose… they are perhaps the more important issue, for too often it seems as if we close ourselves off from life for no reason.”
    Another wonderful post from Sue Vincent!

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  6. Goff James says:

    Breathtakingly wonderful. So pleased you had a great day. Best Regards.

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  7. What a joy! A lovely day spent soaking up love and sunshine- a definite win ❤

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  8. such a picture perfect read with all of their pictures and gift of the swans.
    glad you enjoyed your day! LOVE the swans!💖

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  9. joylennick says:

    How lovely to spend time with your grand-daughters, Sue!. Sadly – I mustn’t be greedy, as we have three great sons – we have no grand-children, nor will we. What lovely photographs too…So pleased you enjoyed your outing. Love Joy xx

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  10. Making memories… Grands–they sure are grand! ❤ xoxoxo

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  11. Reblogged this on pensitivity101 and commented:
    Lovely post and pictures! How I remember the swans that used to come up to the boat with their young. We never fed them, but it was wonderful to see the babies growing up in such close proximity.

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  12. Jennie says:

    Oh, how I wish I had been there with you, Sue. But, I was! Your words had me feeding the ducks and answering questions, and being with your granddaughters. Thank you for that. Adults can learn so much from children, like not caring if you were in a wheelchair, because all they see is your heart. Gloria understands. I do, too.

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  13. trentpmcd says:

    Ah, more memories of granddaughter smiles 🙂 Ducks, geese and swans are an added bonus. Sounds like a good outing, even if there were a few jerks on the loose.

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  14. Jim Borden says:

    we can learn so much from kids…

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  15. Eliza Waters says:

    A lovely day, even though chilly, any time spent with grandkids is special. The beauty of children is that they are 100% present, living in the moment. Such a gift. ❤

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  16. Sadje says:

    Thanks for sharing such a lovely outing with us. Love your words and images. Daughter of light is the perfect name. 😍❤️

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  17. If only people remained as open and accepting as adults as they were as children…

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  18. restlessjo says:

    A bit of sunshine, blossom on the trees and ducks on the pond. Plus 2 lovely little girls makes a perfect day. To add to their store of Grandma memories 🙂 🙂

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  19. I’m so glad you got outside with the girls, Sue. It sounds like a wonderful day. ❤

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  20. Wonderful spring day, out with the family!

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  21. Beautiful photos of a beautiful day. ❤

    I agree it is the "little" things (perhaps not so little) that create powerful memories. We never know which moments will capture our hearts and stay with us.

    I love this paragraph so much:
    Learning to understand facts is only part of the journey… learning to understand each other, the ‘whys and wherefores’ of how we act as we do, the choices we make, the boundaries we impose… they are perhaps the more important issue, for too often it seems as if we close ourselves off from life for no reason.

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  22. Widdershins says:

    That’s how to welcome in Spring. 😀

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  23. noelleg44 says:

    Another great post – I love how you can take an ordinary event and turn it into a life lesson!
    I do hate how some people want to avoid illness, differentness – but I think it makes them uneasy and maybe even fearful. If you work with sick people (I used to volunteer in a hospital), you get over it. People are people! ANd I’m so glad you had a good time. And look at that bird leg – one powerful limb!

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    • Sue Vincent says:

      I loved how the scaes remind you that burds and dinosaursare close kin. I do believe too that he ordinary moments offer the best life lessons and ones e can easily relate to

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  24. So glad you are getting out of the house and making memories with your family! The photos will help them remember that day far into the future and grateful for the time you spent together. More hugs!

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  25. dgkaye says:

    It sure seems like it was a glorious day Sue. The girls have surely grown quickly. They’re beautiful. I’m happy for your lovely time together. ❤

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  26. Thank you for telling about your wonderful and hopefully distractive journey, out into the wonderful nature. Nothing better than that. Its also cleansing the mind. Be well, stay save and enjoy the (hopefully) far arriving summer. Michael

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