Sunday, March 17, 2013

When it Rains, It pours!



I know what you're thinking. What do ducks have to do with rain? Well, I'm going to tell you. It's all about metaphors...or at least they think you would call them metaphors. Someone can totally correct me with the proper english term later (I can see my english teacher friend Jennifer already shaking her head).

Anyways- These are special ducks. They taught me a very important lesson this weekend. Friday we packed up the family to head to Myrtle Beach for a marriage and family retreat that had been called off and then called back on again at the last moment. The weather was supposed to be great, mid 70s, we were staying at our favorite resort and I really was looking forward to date night. I should have known things weren't going to go good when my son started complaining and acting bratty before we even got on the road!

It all started when we got to the resort. We found out they had moved us from the resort to a nearby hotel. OK, big disappointment but we could handle it. Until we walked into the room and found out it was two small beds for four people! Yes, I know. I'm spoiled and used to suites but trying to relax in a small room with my two kids is not exactly my idea of a retreat. However, I sucked it up and made it through. I just thought of the times when I had a newborn. I slept tossed and turned with a child kicking me in the back all night (thank goodness for monster energy drinks).

The next morning the weather was perfect, or so I thought. It was sunny and almost hot where we went to eat lunch (also the place where we met the ducks) so we decided to head back to the hotel and go look for shells on the beach. I dressed the kids in shorts and I put on a cute little spring dress. We went to the beach and FROZE. The wind was blowing 20+ miles an hour and the kids didn't want to leave.

Sunday, today, we prepare to leave and find out there is a nail in our tire! Yes, the trifecta! I was so ready to come home. I get home and realize I have 50 things to do! And that's when I thought of the ducks. The kids were playing and my husband and I were looking out over the water. He was holding our to-go box of food from lunch when these two ducks come all the way up to the fence and just sit. They were beautiful. We couldn't figure out what they wanted and then it hit me. They wanted food. They are so used to the tourists feeding them! There were too many kids around so we didn't want to get the ducks hyped up be feeding them however they just sat and waited. They waited and waited and waited. They didn't move until we left from the area. They didn't get fed and they didn't cause a scene!

Why can't we be more like those ducks? They didn't get what they were expecting but they were okay with that. I'm sure it didn't make their day that we weren't feeding them but they didn't cause a scene and get all grumpy. It just makes me think:

The next time things don't go my way just think of the ducks! 

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