6:30 AM the morning after Easter the phone rings and wakes me out of deep sleep. Panic & annoyance until I remember what day it is. It’s duckling day! The most exciting day of the year.
I kiss my sleeping partner (who will be roused for no less than a zombie apocalypse at this hour), pull on jeans & warm socks, and head for a quick cup of tea before I’m out the door headed to the post office. I arrive at our local distribution center & a friendly and very awake post man greets me & hands me a peeping box with holes. I travel home with a box of frantic peeps in my lap, driving slowly over bumps & wondering at this weird way to come into the world.
At home I take my new charges to the brooder I prepared over the weekend, open the box & look into six adorable eyes. This is love at first sight.