Duck Crossings

Recently, I was bicycling around my neighborhood when I saw this duck on someone’s lawn. What’s it doing there, I wondered. There’s a lake a few blocks away, and perhaps the duck was lost.

I parked my bicycle and approached the poor lost duck, but he started walking away. He went out onto the street.

He kept walking on the street…

He looked so cute and sad at the same time. Thank goodness a car wasn’t driving by.

For the next few days, I kept thinking about that duck. I wondered if he had ever found his way back to the lake, to be with his duck brethren.

Eventually, my life took over, and I forgot about the little duck, until…
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I saw him again about a month later. He was sitting on someone’s lawn again, but he had a friend.

(Awwww!) I wondered if they had met recently and were in their golden, you-are-so-frickin’-amazing phase, making duck love every hour, or if they’d been together for a long time, putting up with each other’s flaws, day in and day out, but bonded together by a deeper, more substantial kind of love.*

In any case, they looked pretty happy together. They quacked to each other and seemed to be having a scintillating conversation. Here they are, drinking and living it up.

*Wikipedia says that ducks are generally monogamous, but only for a year. Hmmm…

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20 Responses to “Duck Crossings”


  1. 1 Charlie July 15, 2010 at 5:30 am

    Great story! But in my opinion, monogamy only for a year isn’t really monogamy.

  2. 3 Ivy July 15, 2010 at 6:59 am

    One day a duck wanted to cross the road. A chicken ran up after him and said, “Don’t do it, man! You’ll never hear the end of it!”

  3. 5 neno July 15, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    ๐Ÿ™‚ nice:) all wt i find when i cycle is cats..

  4. 6 gigi July 15, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    all I can say is make it the best year EVER lol anybody know how long ducks can live?

  5. 7 Jacel July 15, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    A few years ago we spotted a pair of ducks strolling down our street, stopping for a while to poke around our front yard, then continuing down our block and into the next, on foot. Later, we found a pair of ducks nesting in the parking lot plantings at a nearby Trader Joe’s. We asked at the store about the ducks, and they knew all about them. “That’s Joe and Molly. They come every year. In the mornings when we’re setting up, they wander in and look around the aisles.” We saw Joe and Molly several years after that. A mural at the store includes two ducks who I think were supposed to be them.

    • 8 Pet Society Anonymous July 15, 2010 at 5:37 pm

      That’s awesome that a mural was dedicated to the two ducks!

      • 9 Jacel July 15, 2010 at 9:10 pm

        The two ducks are just one detail in the store’s mural design that features fanciful versions of things seen in that portion of the San Francisco peninsula. The nearby Bay Meadows horse race track has been torn down since the mural was painted, but when the track operated, the horses actually didn’t run directly off of the track’s lanes to frolick alongside the bay’s wetlands.

  6. 10 Lorena Martinez July 15, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    Since ducks live an average 20 years, I guess a year is a good amount of time to be a fateful partner. Between being a duckling and then too old to get another duck to look at you, one year sounds nice ๐Ÿ˜›

  7. 11 Awesomeness July 15, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    aww!

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  9. 14 petsocietystories July 15, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    how does this have to do with pet society

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  11. 16 Jacel July 15, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    The Pet Society connection, to my eye, is that these photos show critters strolling around from house to house in the real world, much like the fake critters do in the village in Pet Society.

  12. 17 Anza July 16, 2010 at 2:33 am

    Oh, why reseting the blog? I love jokes! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    Oh, and I have a joke. Why did the duck cross the road? To prove that he’s not a chicken! HAHAHAHA! ๐Ÿ˜€ Get it? CHICKEN! HAHAHAHAHA~! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

    ~cluck cluck cluck~

  13. 18 Geo July 16, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    well, there was one day where i saw two or three birds crossing the street. they looked right,left and right again before crossing the road. Too bad they weren’t on the zebra crossing XD

  14. 19 Mรถdรถ July 17, 2010 at 6:06 am

    Hey PSA, have u use this before? – http://iwl.me/
    I use both ur Duck Crossings & Coke Addiction articles and both got David Foster Wallace. ;P

  15. 20 Deanna July 17, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    Charming. I would rather have the ducks than have the deer that love to roam our front yards here in my neighborhood. We have ducks all over SA and amazingly enough, they know when to cross the street! Glad you had something with you to snap the photos ๐Ÿ˜€


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