Every morning when I am in Florida, I walk a 5 mile route with my mother and/or boyfriend. We go by the beach and end up going around this pond. The pond brings back so many memories for me because it is filled with the smartest ducks, squirrels, turtles and fish you have ever met. They walk and swim right up to you, waiting for you to feed them their breakfast!
As a child, you know that every month it seems like there is a day off or 1/2 day from school for some reason or other. My parents were not always able to leave their jobs and pick me up, so they asked our neighbor Milly. Back then I don't think my parents even thought about the fact that at the time when she was picking me up, that Milly was in her late 80's and early 90's. She was such a healthy woman who kept so busy that you forgot how old she was!
So Milly would pick me up at school in her big green boat of a car that she absolutely loved! Not sure how a woman who had shrunk a good deal to under 5' tall was still driving that huge tank, but she made it seem simple! It was always an outing when she picked me up! So many times on the way home, we would drive through the New Bedford Water Works and stop and watch the ducks. This simple activity always made the two of us so happy!
One time I guess we must have looked suspicious because a police officer pulled us over and questioned us on what we were doing. I guess a young child and senior citizen in a huge green car looking at ducks was suspicious back then! We sure did love to tell everyone that story!!!
I am extremely grateful for the time I spent with Milly on those lazy afternoons where we just enjoyed each others company while watching the ducks. She was a special person who made me a lot of who I am today.
So next time you have the opportunity to stop and feed the ducks or just take a stroll with your senior family member, relax, enjoy the time, and don't rush. The memories you form will be with you forever.
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