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wellthatsjustducky:

Ducky: Why are you sad, Daddy?
Me: I didn’t say I was sad.
Ducky: I’m observant. You look sad.
Me: You look sad too.
Ducky: I’m both observant and empathetic.
Me: …
Ducky: What’s wrong, daddy?
Me: Nothing, Ducky. And everything. It’s hard to explain.
Ducky: …
Me: …
Ducky: If I thought everything was wrong and nothing was wrong and I couldn’t explain it I’d probably be sad too.
Me: …
Ducky: Sorry you’re sad, Daddy.
Me: Thanks. 
Ducky: And really sorry I can’t fix it.
Me: Not your job to fix it, Ducky.
Ducky: I know. But I’m still allowed to wish I could.
Me: Yeah. Thank you.
Ducky: …
Me: Sorry that I get this way.
Ducky: You’re not doing it on purpose. And it’s okay that you can’t fix it either.
Me: I know.
Ducky: But you’re still allowed to wish you could.
Me: Yeah. Really wish I could.
Ducky: …
Me: Thanks for staying close, Ducky. Even when I get like this.
Ducky: Of course. Just because I can’t fix it doesn’t mean I can’t try to help keep it from getting worse.
Me: Yeah. That’s what you do. And I may not always show it, but I appreciate it.
Ducky: So you be sad as long as you need to be. 
Me: …
Ducky: I’ll be here while you are. 
Me: And when I’m not sad anymore?
Ducky: I’ll be here then too. I love you, Daddy. All of you. Not just “happy” you. Or “feeds me” you. Or “pets me” you. Or “feeds me” you. All of you.
Me: …
Ducky: …
Me: You said “feeds me” twice.
Ducky: …
Me: …
Ducky: I am fully capable of experiencing multiple emotions simultaneously and it is true that in addition to loving you I might also be a tad hungry.
Me: It is getting near that time. Let’s get your dinner.
Ducky: Thanks for still taking care of me even when you’re sad.
Me: Thanks for taking care of me, Duck. Even when I’m sad.
Ducky: I love you, Daddy.
Me: I love you Ducky.
Ag
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wellthatsjustducky:

Ducky: Why are you sad, Daddy?

Me: I didn’t say I was sad.

Ducky: I’m observant. You look sad.

Me: You look sad too.

Ducky: I’m both observant and empathetic.

Me:

Ducky: What’s wrong, daddy?

Me: Nothing, Ducky. And everything. It’s hard to explain.

Ducky:

Me:

Ducky: If I thought everything was wrong and nothing was wrong and I couldn’t explain it I’d probably be sad too.

Me:

Ducky: Sorry you’re sad, Daddy.

Me: Thanks. 

Ducky: And really sorry I can’t fix it.

Me: Not your job to fix it, Ducky.

Ducky: I know. But I’m still allowed to wish I could.

Me: Yeah. Thank you.

Ducky:

Me: Sorry that I get this way.

Ducky: You’re not doing it on purpose. And it’s okay that you can’t fix it either.

Me: I know.

Ducky: But you’re still allowed to wish you could.

Me: Yeah. Really wish I could.

Ducky:

Me: Thanks for staying close, Ducky. Even when I get like this.

Ducky: Of course. Just because I can’t fix it doesn’t mean I can’t try to help keep it from getting worse.

Me: Yeah. That’s what you do. And I may not always show it, but I appreciate it.

Ducky: So you be sad as long as you need to be. 

Me:

Ducky: I’ll be here while you are. 

Me: And when I’m not sad anymore?

Ducky: I’ll be here then too. I love you, Daddy. All of you. Not just “happy” you. Or “feeds me” you. Or “pets me” you. Or “feeds me” you. All of you.

Me:

Ducky:

Me: You said “feeds me” twice.

Ducky:

Me:

Ducky: I am fully capable of experiencing multiple emotions simultaneously and it is true that in addition to loving you I might also be a tad hungry.

Me: It is getting near that time. Let’s get your dinner.

Ducky: Thanks for still taking care of me even when you’re sad.

Me: Thanks for taking care of me, Duck. Even when I’m sad.

Ducky: I love you, Daddy.

Me: I love you Ducky.

Ag

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Ducky has discovered one benefit to life with a cat.

Last Sunday’s new Ducky post!

wellthatsjustducky:

Me: You feeling okay, Ducky?
Ducky: Sure. Just tired.
Me: No more than usual?
Ducky: No. Why?
Me: I just worry about you. Want to make sure you’re okay. Don’t want to assume.
Ducky: …
Me: …
Ducky: Did something happen?
Me: …
Ducky: …
Me: Do you remember me telling you about Daisy?
Ducky: The doggie that lives with Grandma and Grandpa?
Me: Yeah. Well, I just found out that she passed away.
Ducky: …
Me: …
Ducky: That makes me sad.
Me: Me too.
Ducky: …
Me: …
Ducky: Didn’t you tell me that Grandma and Grandpa saved Daisy?
Me: Yeah. Daisy was living with some people who weren’t treating her well. Hurting her. And when there was an opportunity to get her out of that situation, they did.
Ducky: Is that what all humans would do?
Me: No. Not all.
Ducky: Lucky for Daisy that your parents were around.
Me: Yeah.
Ducky: And were in the market for a doggie!
Me: Ha. No. No, I don’t think they particularly wanted a doggie at all at that point.
Ducky: But they still did it?
Me: Yeah.
Ducky: …
Me: …
Ducky: How long ago was that?
Me: I really don’t remember. A lot of years.
Ducky: …
Me: …
Ducky: Did they treat her better?
Me: They treated her wonderfully. They loved her very much.
Ducky: …
Me: …
Ducky: I’m glad they found her. And gave her a lot of good years.
Me: Me too.
Ducky: A lot of doggies don’t ever get that.
Me: No. No they don’t.
Ducky: …
Me: …
Ducky:  But it’s still okay that you’re sad.
Me: I know.
Ducky: …
Me: …
Ducky: I’m glad you found me.
Me: I’m glad we found each other.
Ducky: …
Me: …
Ducky: Walks keep me healthy.
Me: Yes they do.
Ducky: Want to go for a walk and you can tell me more about Daisy? And maybe we can talk about Foley too?
Me: …
Ducky: …
Me: That sounds like a very good idea. 
Ducky: I love you, Daddy.
Me: I love you very much, Ducky.
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wellthatsjustducky:

Me: You feeling okay, Ducky?

Ducky: Sure. Just tired.

Me: No more than usual?

Ducky: No. Why?

Me: I just worry about you. Want to make sure you’re okay. Don’t want to assume.

Ducky:

Me: …

Ducky: Did something happen?

Me:

Ducky:

Me: Do you remember me telling you about Daisy?

Ducky: The doggie that lives with Grandma and Grandpa?

Me: Yeah. Well, I just found out that she passed away.

Ducky:

Me:

Ducky: That makes me sad.

Me: Me too.

Ducky:

Me:

Ducky: Didn’t you tell me that Grandma and Grandpa saved Daisy?

Me: Yeah. Daisy was living with some people who weren’t treating her well. Hurting her. And when there was an opportunity to get her out of that situation, they did.

Ducky: Is that what all humans would do?

Me: No. Not all.

Ducky: Lucky for Daisy that your parents were around.

Me: Yeah.

Ducky: And were in the market for a doggie!

Me: Ha. No. No, I don’t think they particularly wanted a doggie at all at that point.

Ducky: But they still did it?

Me: Yeah.

Ducky:

Me:

Ducky: How long ago was that?

Me: I really don’t remember. A lot of years.

Ducky:

Me:

Ducky: Did they treat her better?

Me: They treated her wonderfully. They loved her very much.

Ducky:

Me:

Ducky: I’m glad they found her. And gave her a lot of good years.

Me: Me too.

Ducky: A lot of doggies don’t ever get that.

Me: No. No they don’t.

Ducky:

Me:

Ducky:  But it’s still okay that you’re sad.

Me: I know.

Ducky:

Me:

Ducky: I’m glad you found me.

Me: I’m glad we found each other.

Ducky:

Me:

Ducky: Walks keep me healthy.

Me: Yes they do.

Ducky: Want to go for a walk and you can tell me more about Daisy? And maybe we can talk about Foley too?

Me:

Ducky:

Me: That sounds like a very good idea. 

Ducky: I love you, Daddy.

Me: I love you very much, Ducky.

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Jan 7
wellthatsjustducky:

Me: You’re on the bedspread, Ducky.
Ducky: I don’t know what that is.
Me: It’s the blanket that goes on top of the bed.
Ducky: Got it. Good to know.
Me: …
Ducky: …
Me: Off please.
Ducky: …
Me: …
Ducky: Off what?
Me: The bedspread.
Ducky: …
Me: …
Ducky: Hey, I just learned what that word means!
Me: Yes you did. Off.
Ducky: It’s a blanket. Like the ones I lie on.
Me: Similar. But different.
Ducky: How so?
Me: You aren’t allowed to lie on the bedspread.
Ducky: …
Me: …
Ducky: I just learned the definition of “bedspread” and I think you’ll find that is not clearly started in said definition.
Me: I don’t care. Off.
Ducky: How am I supposed to know the difference between blankets I can lie on and ones I can’t? 
Me: Well, you could listen to me when I tell you “off.”
Ducky: …
Me: …
Ducky: That seems arbitrary.
Me: Off!
Ducky: Why?
Me: I’m trying to make the bed. Off please.
Ducky: So this blanket or “bedspread” if you will, will end up on the bed?
Me: …
Ducky: …
Me: Yes.
Ducky: But I’m not allowed up on the bed.
Me: No, you’re not.
Ducky: So why would I give up this blanket?
Me: Because I said so.
Ducky: Now that’s definitely arbitrary right there!
Me: Off.
Ducky: But the bedspread smells like you. And laying on it is like I’m laying with you.
Me: …
Ducky: …
Me: Is that true or are you just saying it to get me to let you stay there?
Ducky: A little from column A, a little from column B.
Me: …
Ducky: If you let me keep laying on it the bedspread will start to smell like me.
Me: That’s less of a selling point that you’d think.
Ducky: I love you, Daddy.
Me: I love you, Ducky.
Ag 
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wellthatsjustducky:

Me: You’re on the bedspread, Ducky.

Ducky: I don’t know what that is.

Me: It’s the blanket that goes on top of the bed.

Ducky: Got it. Good to know.

Me:

Ducky:

Me: Off please.

Ducky:

Me:

Ducky: Off what?

Me: The bedspread.

Ducky:

Me:

Ducky: Hey, I just learned what that word means!

Me: Yes you did. Off.

Ducky: It’s a blanket. Like the ones I lie on.

Me: Similar. But different.

Ducky: How so?

Me: You aren’t allowed to lie on the bedspread.

Ducky:

Me:

Ducky: I just learned the definition of “bedspread” and I think you’ll find that is not clearly started in said definition.

Me: I don’t care. Off.

Ducky: How am I supposed to know the difference between blankets I can lie on and ones I can’t? 

Me: Well, you could listen to me when I tell you “off.”

Ducky:

Me:

Ducky: That seems arbitrary.

Me: Off!

Ducky: Why?

Me: I’m trying to make the bed. Off please.

Ducky: So this blanket or “bedspread” if you will, will end up on the bed?

Me:

Ducky:

Me: Yes.

Ducky: But I’m not allowed up on the bed.

Me: No, you’re not.

Ducky: So why would I give up this blanket?

Me: Because I said so.

Ducky: Now that’s definitely arbitrary right there!

Me: Off.

Ducky: But the bedspread smells like you. And laying on it is like I’m laying with you.

Me:

Ducky:

Me: Is that true or are you just saying it to get me to let you stay there?

Ducky: A little from column A, a little from column B.

Me:

Ducky: If you let me keep laying on it the bedspread will start to smell like me.

Me: That’s less of a selling point that you’d think.

Ducky: I love you, Daddy.

Me: I love you, Ducky.

Ag 

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  • Me: I'm so tired of people judging me because my family doesn't fit the "traditional" model! Who's to say that your family is more valid than mine because you have two children?! Maybe I consider myself a family all by myself!
  • Her: ...
  • Me: ...
  • Her: You ate a family size bag of potato chips again didn't you?
  • Me: ...
  • Her: ...
  • Me: Possibly.

Tomorrow morning I drive to Myrtle Beach, S.C. from my home in Florida.

It is the first part of trip with my parents and brother’s family as we revisit where we used to go on vacation when we were kids.

I’m going to avoid mentioning that the main reason Myrtle Beach exists is as somewhere for people to go who can’t make it to FLORIDA!

Ag

Jun 7
So apparently the three other mammals in my house like to play “This is what the crime scene will look like when Ag snaps one day.”

So apparently the three other mammals in my house like to play “This is what the crime scene will look like when Ag snaps one day.”

Jun 1

"Oh, Edith. You know somethin’? If the whole damn world was to go to the dogs, long as I had you standin’ by my side, ya’ know? Or sittin’ by my side. Or layin’ here like this by my side? Everything would be just okay.

I’ve been blowin’ my own horn for a lot of years. But I’m gonna’ tell you somethin’. I ain’t nothin’ without you.”

Thank you, Jean.

Ag

Beautiful shot by a friend. It seems to capture the essence of what Gizmo and I would consider a perfect day.
But look closely.
Yep.
That’s a kid.

Beautiful shot by a friend. It seems to capture the essence of what Gizmo and I would consider a perfect day.

But look closely.

Yep.

That’s a kid.

Last Sunday’s new Ducky post. Remember to follow wellthatsjustducky for new Ducky posts every Sunday at 7:00 pm ET!

Me: What?
Ducky: Thanks.
Me: For what?
Ducky: All the things.
Me: Like?
Ducky: Feeding. Petting. Water. The yard. The lady. The mama.
Me: Okay.
Ducky: Tuggers. I like tuggers. Thanks for those. And fuzzies. And treats.
Me: You’re welcome.
Ducky: …
Me: …
Ducky: Walks. Thanks for the walks. And for forgiving me when I go on my own walks.
Me: …
Ducky: …
Me: …
Ducky: And baths. I don’t like baths, but they’re good for me. Not all dogs get baths.
Me: …
Ducky: …
Me: There was an ASPCA commercial on TV, wasn’t there?
Ducky: They tricked me. I know to leave the room when that “Arms of the Angels” song starts.
Me: Ah. They do have a new song now, yes. Joe Cocker’s “You Are So Beautiful.”
Ducky: And the first dog looked like Foley.
Me: Yeah.
Ducky: …
Me: …
Ducky: Not all dogs are as lucky as me. And I don’t say “Thank you” enough.
Me: Not all people are as lucky as me. No thanks needed. I wish all those doggies had homes.
Ducky: Me too.
Me: Best doggies in the world come from shelters.
Ducky: Like me!
Me: Yup. And like Foley.
Ducky: …
Me: …
Ducky: Thanks, Daddy. For everything.
Me: Thanks, Ducky. For everything.
Ducky:  I love you, Daddy.
Me: Love you more, Ducky.
Ag

Last Sunday’s new Ducky post. Remember to follow wellthatsjustducky for new Ducky posts every Sunday at 7:00 pm ET!

Me: What?

Ducky: Thanks.

Me: For what?

Ducky: All the things.

Me: Like?

Ducky: Feeding. Petting. Water. The yard. The lady. The mama.

Me: Okay.

Ducky: Tuggers. I like tuggers. Thanks for those. And fuzzies. And treats.

Me: You’re welcome.

Ducky:

Me:

Ducky: Walks. Thanks for the walks. And for forgiving me when I go on my own walks.

Me:

Ducky:

Me:

Ducky: And baths. I don’t like baths, but they’re good for me. Not all dogs get baths.

Me:

Ducky:

Me: There was an ASPCA commercial on TV, wasn’t there?

Ducky: They tricked me. I know to leave the room when that “Arms of the Angels” song starts.

Me: Ah. They do have a new song now, yes. Joe Cocker’s “You Are So Beautiful.”

Ducky: And the first dog looked like Foley.

Me: Yeah.

Ducky:

Me:

Ducky: Not all dogs are as lucky as me. And I don’t say “Thank you” enough.

Me: Not all people are as lucky as me. No thanks needed. I wish all those doggies had homes.

Ducky: Me too.

Me: Best doggies in the world come from shelters.

Ducky: Like me!

Me: Yup. And like Foley.

Ducky:

Me:

Ducky: Thanks, Daddy. For everything.

Me: Thanks, Ducky. For everything.

Ducky:  I love you, Daddy.

Me: Love you more, Ducky.

Ag