Max and Ruby

Yesterday morning, two ducks landed in my pool. Being the dork I am, I was excited! I really love animals including ducks. The ducks were a couple. I named them Max and Ruby after one of Riley’s little cartoon shows. Well, Ruby and Max spent the day in my backyard. Riley and I would feed them bread after their naps throughout the day, and I thought it was pretty cool to have a duck pond in my own backyard (except for the poop).

For some reason, its just been "one" of those weeks, challenging. Just a combination of things, nothing tragic but creating the neccesity for extra Excedrin here and there! You know, I'm not perfect, but I always try to look for the little things in life that make a difference to me, that make me happy. So, this time it was Max and Ruby and the bond they shared, the fun they had in the pool, and the excitement Riley found in feeding them. As the day came to a close and the sun began to set, Max and Ruby took off out of the pool, and flew away. Probably back to El Dorado Park’s duck pond which is near my house.

This morning as I was doing the “morning chores” I noticed the water in the pool was moving. When I stepped outside, they were back, Ruby and Max. So once again, Riley and I went out back to feed them. And once again I watched them gracefully swim under the water, take their baths, and play all day. And once again, as the sun began to set Max and Ruby flew off. Not sure if they'll be back tomorrow, but that is the way life works, no guarantees.
I guess the reason I’m writing about Max and Ruby is that I’m just happy that I’ve learned to appreciate the little things in life. The small stuff that makes me smile and warms my heart. Maybe that comes with age, not sure. The one thing I am sure about though is that there are ways to cope with the unpleasant things in the outside world. Just remember to take the time to look for the Max’s and Ruby’s in life and appreciate those free moments we get when we don’t really try!

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