My wife and I were driving by the pond early in the morning. The sun was rising over the pond burning the fog off the water. On what seemed like a ray of sunlight two White Pekin ducks came swimming out of the mist. They were a bright white and the sun almost seemed to color them golden. They were majestic, spiritual, and almost otherworldly, a beauty beyond what words could describe.
They swam side by side touching, and you knew they were in love, a powerful love beyond the moment, a lifelong love, and forever together. We walked down to the pond and watched them, unable to take our eyes away from them. We knew that we were seeing something so very beautiful that it would always be with us, something we would never forget.
We came to the pond often and they were always there swimming side by side or snuggled together on the bank when the weather was bad. They would swim for hours and then scour along the banks looking for food like fish, algae, berries, and crickets. It was always comforting when we would drive by and see them in the pond. They became special friends to us.
Early in the morning just before the sunrise, we saw them swimming across the pond heading straight to where we were standing. Trailing behind the mother duck were eight little baby ducks. They were coming to show them off to us. They were so beautiful, playful, and just adorable.
Every time we visited their pond, they came running up the bank to say hello. They seemed to get bigger with each new visit. We knew that at some point they would head off on their own. It would not be long before it was just the two of them again. It was always hard to say goodbye to the babies, but they had their own life to live.
Toward the end of the season, we arrived just before the sunrise, and we could only see a single duck on the water. We waited several hours for the other one, but it never came. It was so sad to see the lone duck swimming alone on the pond. They gifted us with their beauty, inspired us with their love, and filled us with the joy of their babies. The lone Pekin duck swam on the pond and nested on the bank when the cold weather came. It hurt our hearts to see her alone and we hoped each morning that we would find two again swimming on the water toward the bank to say hello and share their gifts with us once more.