Early this summer, I took my daughters — 6 and 4 — on a bike ride in our urban neighborhood. For the first time everyone was on their own two (or four) wheels — no one in a bike seat, trailer, or on a tandem.
Five minutes into the bike ride, I suddenly understood what a mother duck goes through all. day. long. It was a constant struggle to make sure everyone stayed together, no one crossed a street before I got there, and no one was left lagging behind. And this was with just two kids!
So I feel a little emapthy whenever I see a mama duck. Keeping all those roving youngsters together is a tough job when you’re on your own. One mama duck whose babies got stuck in a swimming pool got a helping hand from an unlikely source — a human and a patio chair. Watch: