What a day! I was looking forward to a birthday at
home. I planned to help Tony install our new cameras
that the Garey family donated when all of a sudden I
get an email about a captured duck that needs our
help, so I arrange to meet the friendly duck rescuer
in New Haven, CT.
Just when I'm about to go out the door, the phone
rings. Lew called to tell me that his duck Peabody
is sick--not walking, leg paralysis. I call our
emergency vet and let them know we are coming in and
then quickly pull Tony from the camera project and
send him to New Haven to get the rescued duck.
Meanwhile, I jump in my car and head to Lew's house,
suspecting an egg issue and planning to spend a few
hours in the vet office, which is an hour away.
call my parents and postpone my birthday celebration
and ask them to hold off on coming by because we
won't be home. Then I call Jenn for morale support.
When I arrive at Lew's house, I take a look at
Peabody, who has begun walking and feel confident
that it is an egg-laying issue and judging by her
history, feel strongly that she is just passing a
soft egg (which we confirm when she lays her egg
later). Judging on her good progress, I call the vet
and cancel our emergency appointment.
Tony successfully meets up with the duck rescuer and
takes they female duck from her and heads home
(Isabel is with him).
Tony and I both
arrive home within a half hour of each other. When I
went inside, I found pizza and birthday cake on the
countertop and a note from my parents. I guess they
didn't want to wait for us to come home before
visiting and just decided to drop stuff off instead
and leave. So basically, I missed my own birthday. I
guess asking to postpone my birthday get-together
for two hours in order that I might actually attend
it was a little too much to ask. Whatever. And my
sister who lives only 20 minutes away? Not even a
phone call. I won't even bother acting surprised.
So then Tony
headed back outside to the barn to work on more
wiring while I checked in on our new duck who will
be going to Jenn's house very soon.
On the plus side,
my mother-in-law in Nevada called and sang happy
birthday and my brother in Florida took the time to
call me. Mary in Louisiana emailed me, Jenn in
Tennessee emailed and called me, and Glynis in
Kentucky mailed me a card. Meanwhile,
Lew offered to take us out to a concert that night
(I declined since I thought my family was coming to
At the end of the
day, the birthday wasn't what was important anyway.
The ducks are what matter to me (and the geese!),
and I am so happy to have helped two of them today!
They are my true gifts!