I have a tale of a brave mother. One who protects her children through the most dangerous of circumstances. Who faces machines who could squash her in a second, but doesn't give it a second thought. Meet Mrs. Duck.
One day on my way back from a class at BYU, I was walking toward my car (Blanche) in the parking lot and I saw a long thing walking in the bushes by the road. I got closer and realized that it was a momma duck (Mrs. Duck) and her 9 ducklings (Josephine, Henry, Barb, Carmen, Greg, Homer, Ruth, Gertrude, and Dimitri).
I kept watching them for a while and watched them drop down from the curb. I panicked, knowing that their lives could soon end when the speeding car rushed into the entrance. DON'T CROSS THE ROAD! But they didn't understand human, so cross the road they did. Just as they crossed, a car did come. I freaked. The driver saw them and stopped. Then we all busted up laughing.
So I hoped in my car, happy that the duck family was safe across the parking lot. As I was about the drive away though, I realized that these duckies were still trekking along the side of the busy street, just in the bushes. This was not safe. Momma duck didn't know the dangers, so Super Paige had a job to do. I sped my car over to them and watched them follow the leader through the bushes. Just when I thought the momma was fine to leave and trust her with her ducklings, she jumps of the curb... only meaning one thing. She was going to attempt the next road. This next one was no parking entrance. This was a full blown street with 2 lines going both directions and a turning lane in the middle. How is a duck family going to waddle across 5 lanes of traffic and still be a complete family??!!! Does she know what she's up against!? I was a mess. I was about to watch a disaster and I didn't know what to do about it. I could jump out and escort them across the street, blocking traffic, and forever be known as "DuckGirl"... but who wants that? (I only want that a little bit). I decided to do nothing but film them cross. So I did just that.
Crossing my fingers. The cars passed. The ducks kept going. A HUGE truck came and stopped for them, another car passed, almost hit them and then the next car stopped... creating a little pathway for them to travel through.
As my heart was calming down, thanks to the kindness of these duck-aware travelers, I realized where they were going. They just wanted a whopper at Burger King. Duh. I should've known. They made it across all 5 lanes. Safe and sound. Not a duckling lost. Not Dimitri. Not Ruth. Not a one was left behind. They made it...
So I hopped in my car and headed home. Just as I pulled out of the parking lot, I noticed weird traffic was going on ahead. I squinted my eyes and couldn't believe what I saw. Momma duck and here offspring waited for the light to turn red and were CROSSING UNIVERSITY AVENUE on the crosswalk. WHO ARE THESE CIVILIZED, INSANE DUCKS?! They were a little slower than the normal pedestrians and so the lights turned green while they were still crossing, but the duck-loving nation that we live in is filled with duck-loving drivers who all kept themselves put until the ducks got across the road. They had made it to Provo High School. Every smart ducks' destination.
What the SHNOZZ?!! I didn't even know what to think. I busted up laughing. I was almost crying because of the whirlwind of emotions that I was feeling. I was so proud of this Momma Duck. I was so touched by her fearless journey across 3 CRAZY streets. I was amazed by the faith that her little ducks had in their traffic-savvy mother. I was sincerely inspired by this little duck family.
Long Live Ducks!