Over the summer months we have been watching several families of ducks travel back and forth across our waterfront at the cottage. We are situated on a small bay, so offer a safe route for their travels. If all is quiet next door, the ducks will stop for a rest on the neighbour’s floating raft. Their routine never fails to amaze me..
As soon as mom senses danger (hears any noise at all) she heads to the corner of the raft furthest from the perceived danger, wakes them up, then jumps into the water with them all following suit.
It reminds me of the phrase I used to tell my young boys…Because I’m the mommy, that’s why!
Watch this video of one such process. The ducks were resting in clusters on the raft when a boat went by, although quite a ways out from shore. Mom jumped in and the others followed, until they were swimming in a row. They swam under our dock, then settled in a tiny sheltered alcove for a longer rest out of my camera range.
I used to have a magnet on my fridge with the same cute saying on it, but don’t know where it disappeared to over the years. Perhaps one of my ducklings didn’t like it as much as I do!
Apparently this saying is quite common, you can order lots of items imprinted with it from Zazzle…