On a perfect evening this week we found ourselves
at Long's Park in Lancaster.
On the edge of the city
the beauty is indisputable.
with this many geese and ducks
discretion in foot placement is kind of essential.
We are also on a quest for a new photo
of Chelsea for our hallway.
Currently the photo in that frame is from
the Cruise with a Cause a few years ago.
That being the trip that got this whole
YWAM thing started.
Visiting the orphanages and schools made
one where she could communicate in English
with those that she was working with.
This poor mama duck got all of our sympathy
when after getting all of her ducklings settled for the night
was attacked by a bully duck.
He and his entourage of two swam up and he coldly
came stepping all over and through the babies
in an effort to get to this particular duck.
He chased her, grabbed her and was all out nasty
as we looked on in shock.
Even the geese in the area seemed at a bit of a loss
as to how to respond.
Even in her distress this mama seemed to give her babies
instruction as they took to the water
and as soon as she could break free
she joined them.
Off they went to another nesting site for the night.
While the bully and his followers patrolled the shore.
I was sooooo mad at them.
It really took me to another place and time.
I could just picture those creeps at school who
sought out a particular person and made their lives
There was a girl in our middle school who was very
obviously from a less than desirable home situation.
I never got to know this girl because of my own
fears and probably prejudice....if I'm being honest.
However, I was so disturbed to hear other
girls in the locker room
putting her down and commenting on her
in a way that had to, just had to, hurt her feelings.
It made an impression on me.
I was too shy and afraid of those bullies
myself to stand up to them.
I had experienced their disdain myself
for being different.
My conservative wardrobe wasn't exactly popular
in those circles.
While I am not proud that I didn't stand up for
that fellow student it has caused
me to be more sensitive and quicker to reach out to
others ever since.
These three ducks made me flash right back to those situations.
To those bullies.
And I had it easy in the scheme of things.
I really feel for those who are alone and despised
in the world.
Anyway, back to the park.....
There were so many geese.
Chelsea was going to sneak up on Warren but
he knew she was there....
I think she just got interested in what he was capturing on his phone.
Making memories that will last
for years to come.
The weather was just perfect.
And with a final "Ta-da"
we were off!