Independence, Courage, and a Smidgen of Crazy

Currently, I have eight ducks and one goose. The ducks pretty much follow the goose around and there is safety in numbers so all is well.

One of my ducks has an independent streak and while I consider her foolish, I respect her chutzpah.

I cannot pick her out of the eight, but every night when all the ducks obediently go to bed, she will inevitably break right at the last second, causing the others to withdraw out of the ducky house.

I then have to regroup them and try again.

She is a leader and has a defiant personality and today, I documented her behavior.

I had just let them out for the morning and was drinking a cup of coffee near the Campfire when I heard the neighbor’s dog barking and jumping at the fence.

There she was, staring down a husky and a brown dog we simply call “Brown Dog.”

She settled there for a bit, and laid an egg, right on the fence line.

Why would she do that? I collected thirteen eggs this morning all in the same nest and the fourteenth was in the face of death. (I did not collect yesterday)

Birds of a feather flock together and the curious ducks came over to play a game of chicken as well. Brown Dog has a penchant for digging holes and it is always a gamble over there.

There is something about that duck I respect. You can see the crazy gleam in her eye. What should I name her?

Author: The Storyteller

Benjamin Thiel is a husband, father, correctional professional and author of The Ongoing Tale at Brothers Campfire. His favorite quote is "Don't count the lions. It will make you afraid and slow you down."

58 thoughts on “Independence, Courage, and a Smidgen of Crazy”

  1. I like the way she comes to challenge Brown Dog, having realised that the barrier was protecting her. As long as it holds, maybe he’ll fall under her power.

    1. Thank you, Hao Hao, I appreciate that you said that. It makes me happy.

      My apologies for the late reply, I was out in the mountains camping and did not have service.

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