Just Keep Paddlin’

For the past week many of us across the country have been locked into a real heat wave. As an artist living and working in a tiny garret apartment without AC, it has been a challenge to breathe let alone feel inspired.

To cope with the heat, I have found sanctuary in my early morning walks along the Red River marsh where I played as a little girl and made friends with the ducks, birds and animals I encountered.

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This morning as I snapped photos along the river’s edge, I got an unexpected piece of good news from Mr. M, a lovely hybrid mallard, decked out in his finest Sunday feathers and paddling out in the middle of the river.

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It seems that Mr. M had heard the news from Snowy the egret as he preened himself on a muddy river mound following his breakfast.

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Now Mr. M is not a duck of few words. To complicate matters further, he kept getting distracted by his own lovely reflection in the river’s glassy surface as he paddled to and fro.

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It took every ounce of patience I had in the sultry heat to hear him out. Slowly, bit by bit, I pieced it all together: cooler, drier days are coming soon! Days that will soon make the unbearable humidity and heat seem like water off a duck’s back.

Just then he added, “So don’t give up, just keep paddlin’! Don’t give up, just keep paddlin’!” And away he went, mumbling something about being late for brunch with a Mad Hatter down a rabbit hole on the other side of the marsh.

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Hope your Sunday turns cooler, wherever you may be, and thank you again for visiting me at Hats and Horses!

Sally

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