October 15, 2008
Lots going on... in between all the new ducks and geese
coming, I have been looking for a new job. Yes... it is
time that I get back into the groove. I would love to
find a part time, 4 day a week job, but part time work
is hard to find. Not sure why that is. Even though you
hear the hype about big companies offering
work-from-home positions, job-sharing or part time
employment for working mothers, but it just isn't out
there. They may have the procedural set-up in place, but
in actuality, they don't truly offer these types of
positions--not as far as I can see.
I know Aetna (insurance) offers work from home
positions, but not in the credit/collections field,
which is my field. I sure would like to see more
companies follow suit, especially with the cost of gas
being what it is.
Anyway, that's what I'm doing--in addition to taking
care of all of the ducks and geese.
Trinity duckling turned out to be a boy, not a girl, so
we changed his name to "Switch," keeping with the Matrix
theme. I realize Switch was a girl in the movie, but she
was a tomboy and it seems fitting considering the
Neo & Switch
In other news Miri and Benny have become best friends.
This is just so amazing to me. Miri lost her best friend
Glory in August. The girls had been together for nearly
10 years. Glory always struggled to walk and in the end
succumbed to lameness and old age.
It has been a real effort to try to coax Miri into the
remaining flock. She and Glory always shared their time
together and sort of distanced themselves mentally from
the others--a flock within the flock. When Glory was
euthanized, I worked diligently to bring nightcrawlers
into the pen every day to get Miri to gather around with
the others. I spent extra time with Miri to help her
feel a part of things, but although she is cohesive with
the others, she insists on keeping her distance from
them as well. She has been lonely without her dear
A few days ago, I introduced Benny to the flock of girls
and by his 2nd day in the pen with the ladies he and
Miri had formed an inseparable bond. Miri always settles
beside him and I even see her giving him the hugs that
she only shared with Glory before. This guy is just
striking a familiar chord in her. She knows he is not
Glory, but she relates to him and understands him and
wants to take care of him in the same way she once
It both brings me happiness and sorrow to see this
reaction in her. To clearly witness the longing she
experiences for her lost friend and to see healing as
she finds someone new to direct her love and caring to.
These ducks just amaze me. They truly do. How anyone
could fool themselves into believing that they do not
experience emotions or feel the things we feel is
totally beyond me.
Benny (front) and Miri (back)
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