Monday, May 11, 2009


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--- On Mon, 5/11/09, gerard mccourt wrote:
From: gerard mccourt
Date: Monday, May 11, 2009, 11:08 AM

Yours' Gerry mc Court

A True Duck Story From San Antonio ...
Something really cute happened in downtown San
Antonio this week. Michael R. is now an accounting clerk at
Frost Bank and works downtown in a second
story office building.. Several weeks ago, he
watched a mother duck
choose the concrete
awning outside his window as the unlikely
place to build a nest above the sidewalk.

The mallard laid ten eggs in a nest in the
corner of the planter that is perched over
10 feet in the air.
She dutifully kept the
eggs warm for weeks, and Monday
afternoon all of her ten ducklings hatched.

Michael worried all night how the momma
duck was going to get those babies safely
off their perch in a busy,
downtown, urban
environment to take to water, which
typically happens in the first 48 hours of
a duck hatching.
Tuesday morning, Michael watched the
mother duck encourage her babies to the
edge of the perch with the intent to show
them how to jump off!

The mother flew down below and started
quacking to her babies above. In his
disbelief Michael watched as the first
fuzzy newborn toddled to the edge and
astonishingly leapt into thin air, crashing
onto the cement below. Michael couldn't
stand to watch this risky effort. He dashed
out of his office and ran down the stairs
to the sidewalk where the first obedient
duckling was in a state of stupor near its
mother from the near fatal fall.

As the second one took the plunge,
Michael jumped forward and caught it
with his bare hands before it hit the
concrete Safe and sound, he set it by the
momma and the other stunned sibling,
still recovering from its painful leap.

One by one the babies continued to jump.
Each time Michael hid under the awning
just to reach out in the nick of
time as the duckling made its free fall.
The downtown sidewalk came to a standstill.
Time after time, Michael was
able to catch the remaining eight and set
them by their approving mother.

At this point Michael realized the duck
family had only made part of its dangerous
journey. They had two full blocks to walk
across traffic, crosswalks, curbs, and
pedestrians to get to the closest open
water, the San AntonioRiver .
The on-looking office secretaries and
several San Antonio police officers joined
in. They brought an empty copy paper box
to collect the babies. They carefully
corralled them, with the mother's approval,
and loaded them in the container. Michael
held the box low enough for the mom to
see her brood. He then slowly navigated
through the downtown streets toward the
San Antonio River . The mother waddled
behind and kept her babies in sight.

As they reached the river, the mother took
over and passed him, jumping into the river
and quacking loudly. At the water's edge,
he tipped the box and helped shepherd the
babies toward the water and to their mother
after their adventurous ride.

All ten darling ducklings safely made it into
the water and paddled up snugly to momma.
Michael said the mom swam in circles,
looking back toward the beaming bank
bookkeeper, and proudly quacking.

Live simply, Love generously, Care deeply,
Speak kindly.
And leave the rest to God.

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