We have Muscovy ducks in
. They are not pretty ducks like Mallard. They’re ugly and dirty. Neanderthal ducks, they eat, shit and mate. That’s it. The male duck will pin the head of the female duck down while they mate. Since this happens all the time and the ducks have no sense of decency, this is something that is seen almost daily. Florida
Many years ago, I was driving my daughter to school. It was a rainy day so lots of puddles were around. Off on the side of the road, I noticed a pair of ducks mating. The male had the female’s head pinned down in a large puddle. He was oblivious to the fact that she was drowning. He just banged away. Unfortunately, I couldn’t break the pair up to save the female as they were on the opposite side of the road. After I dropped my daughter off at school and was going back, I passed the body of the female lying in the puddle, dead. The male had gone off to eat and shit, I guess.
The image has stayed with me all these years and it’s often I think of it as a metaphor for life. Life will pull you under until you feel you’re suffocating, fuck you over and just when you think something great will happen, you die.
Yeah, I know. I need help.
However, being an optimistic pessimist, I was watching a herd of squirrels at my house yesterday. The babies were out with the adults and all hell was breaking loose. They were playing, fighting, eating, pooping and fucking like rabbits. All the while, they were chattering and just seemed to be having the time of their lives. They made me smile.
Just like I’d rather be the hammer than the nail, I’d rather live life like a squirrel than a Muscovy duck. I’m fighting the rising tide, dear readers. I’m fighting.