October 27, 2014 – When Mom got home last night, I was waiting. She had two ducks with her alright. She set them up in our clubhouse in the garage before coming in the house. I was going to wait for her on the front steps, but then I ran out of snacks, so I decided to head into the garage and confront her there.
“Oh, hi Happy!” she greeted me pleasantly enough. “I hope you don’t mind me setting these guys up in your space for a couple of days. They need to get used to our voices before I bring them up to the duck house. Come introduce yourself. They don’t have names yet, but I’m sure together we can settle on something they like.”
I pulled Mom by the leg, out of earshot of our downy guests.
“Mom, what were you thinking?! We didn’t even take a vote on it! Sawyer and I have been waiting for pet goats for two years! I think three ducks is enough for any household. Five is just… well, it’s just weird!”
“Now Hap… what were we to do? These guys needed a home. You would have done the very same thing. I know you,” she said bending down and gently holding my face in her hand. “Your heart is a lot bigger than you want to let on.”
“They had no home?”
“Nope. Someone abandoned them to fend for themselves.”
“That’s so wrong!”
“Are they pleasant? The ducks that is.”
“They seem like true gentlemen.”
I took a deep breath and let go of any reservations. I walked up to the temporary kennel and introduced myself.
“I think it’s just horrible what happened to the two of you, but you’ll be safe here. Have you ever seen Lilo and Stitch? We’ll play it for you on the clubhouse TV. It’s a movie that takes place in Hawaii. Have you ever been to Hawaii? I haven’t, but I love the beach, especially walking on the sand and eating fresh lobster rolls. Anyway, in the movie, Lilo says to Stitch that “Ohana” means “family.” Family means no one gets left behind or forgotten. I hope you like it here. We are your ohana. You don’t ever have to worry about where to sleep again. Once you get settled in, I’ll introduce you around. You both have kind faces. That’s good enough for me.”
I caught Mom’s eye and she was smiling at me. I wrapped my wings around her leg and gave her a squeeze. I turned to leave when one of the new drakes, called out to me.
“Thank you for being so welcoming. You have a kind face, too. Mahalo.”
“You’ve seen the movie?!” I asked excitedly after hearing him speak the language of the Islands.
“No… Hawaii Five-O. We started watching it at the rescue farm. It’s our favorite show!”
“We love it too!” I cheered.
Maybe these two drakes weren’t such a bad decision after all. I’ll ask them later how they feel about colander helmets and librarians and most importantly… cats.