Look at that cute little guy. What’s not to love? Baby ducks are fluffy, and follow each other around and like to eat food that you throw for them.
So: baby ducks, adorable. Adult ducks, still kind of cute, and like to eat bread, too. So then, why do ducks make me skittish? This is the story that my parents swear up and down would win them the $100,000 on America’s Funniest Home Videos.
When I was about 4, my family went on a trip to Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia. For those of you that don’t know, Colonial Williamsburg (right near the College of William and Mary) is the historic area of the town of Williamsburg, VA — a reinterpretation of a Colonial American city (early 1700’s) with tons of exhibits and reenactments. Basically a giant living history lesson, that is extra cool if you were a fan of the American Girl doll Felicity.
We were at the hotel one evening, and there was a big pond in a sprawling backyard. Apparently after I ate didn’t eat my grilled cheese sandwich at dinner, I wanted to go out back and feed the ducks that were living in said pond. There were a lot of ducks living in the pond — at least 50 20. I go up to edge and start throwing pieces of sandwich into the water. The ducks all start gathering at the edge that I’m at, trying to get pieces of bread — which, when there are a lot of ducks vying for a little sandwich, is probably no easy task. They are all quacking and eating, and I’m happily chucking my sandwich into the water.
Then, I run out of food.
I turn and start to walk back to wherever my parents were.
The ducks start quacking at me. They start GETTING OUT OF THE WATER and coming towards me.
I start shrieking. The ducks keep quacking. I start RUNNING. The ducks start WADDLING AFTER ME.
I start SCREAMING. Like the above picture, but scared instead of excited about the zoo. Also, running faster. The ducks WADDLE FASTER.
This continued until I made it to the patio, and the ducks lost interest (why, I have no idea).
My parents?? Spent the whole time laughing from the sidelines, wishing we owned a video camera so we would win AFHV.
So yea, ducks. Not my favorite thing. But sometimes adorable.
Happy Almost Friday!