In the children’s award-winning book, Make Way for Ducklings, author Robert McCloskey tells a story of a family of ducklings and their mother living in downtown Boston. The mother duck decides to cross a street, unaware of the danger of speeding vehicles. As she leads her little ones into danger, a kind cop runs to the rescue.
He stops traffic so the vulnerable ducklings can cross in safety.
A delightful bronze recreation of the story delights children and adults alike in a Boston park. Here you’ll see the mother and her brood marching along, enjoying their stroll.
Something’s missing, though — the policeman. The story of the ducklings would be untold without the kindness of their protector, but still today they march, blissfully unaware of their need for the gentleman who watched out for them.
This New Year is a good time to take a look back and consider who helped us this last year in our daily march through life. I would include on my list my former colleagues who recommended me for the new job I’m enjoying; my friend who invited me to sing in a choir and rediscover the joy of music in community; and my friend who sent me her piano students when she moved away. I’m so grateful for so many who look out for me, providing experiences I didn’t even know I craved. This year, I’d like to remember the high-stepping ducklings and be on the lookout for those who watch out for me. A word of thanks would be welcome, I’m sure.
How about you? Were there times this last year when someone stepped in, blew a whistle, and helped you face something scary? Who’s believed in you enough to let others know? Has someone given you a recommendation that paved the way for a rich new experience?