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The Mother Duck and the Mayor
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It was a beautiful spring day in a charming little town, the sort of day during which the air fairly sparkled and turned everything which it shone upon a unique shade of color. The green, which could be observed all around one, wasn't just green. It was a shimmering, translucent green. It was though the very grass was alive and whispering to all who saw it! The sky was an elegant robins egg blue with wispy white clouds. The brown bark and the rich moss of the ground seemed extra luxuriant to all who saw it. Everything was coming to life! And in the little ditch by the side of the road, which had become with the spring rains more of a creek, a mother duck and her brood of fuzzy yellow and brown ducklings waited and washed themselves as the passers-by strolled and noticed with the joy the splashing about of this delightful family of birds.

And so begins our story. The passersby walk past, greet our mother duck and her ducklings, and each feature in our story. Also, nearby, the little town's mayor plans a speech and watches the ducks from his window. Then, an amazing thing happens! How is it that a simple mother duck and her ducklings transform a town, filling it with love, goodwill and tolerance? Read this delightful story and find out!

 

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Table of Contents:

Contents

Introduction

Acknowledgements

Our Story
"The Mother Duck and the Mayor
who Understood Love"

Chapter One
It was a most lovely and unusual day!

Chapter Two
In which the mother duck and her brood receive a visitor…

Chapter Three
Pastor John and his wife take a walk

Chapter Four
Mountain Flower has a dream, takes a walk, and gives the ducks a special blessing

Chapter Five
Mr. Stan and Mr. Bob clean their window, stick together, and are cheered up by the ducks

Chapter Six
Rabbi Joseph and his Talmud school charges say "shalom"

Chapter Seven
In which our ducks receive two final visitors, become hungry, are fed; and-
the day is changed with a little surprise from Mother Nature!

Chapter Eight
In which the Mayor, who had been watching the goings on of the unusual day through his window, writes a speech

Chapter Nine
The Mayor's speech

Chapter Ten
A miraculous end to our story, or how the miraculous entered the 'everyday' of our little village

Appendix
A Listing of Abundant Change Books and Recordings
Music-Outreach Nostalgic & Uplifting Books & Recordings
by Michael D. Purvis


Excerpts from Book:

Introduction

Our world is increasingly diverse, and increasingly in need of love and tolerance. If we could only see what a blessing it is that we are all different, have different beliefs, and come from different cultures, places and life paths. The Mother Duck and the Mayor who Understood Love is a wonderful little story which illustrates this point in a delightful, sensible way. Oh, if we all had the sense of our mother duck! She is an inspiration to us all. Perhaps there is an "inner mother duck" and gifted, conciliatory mayor within all of us just waiting to come out and bless and heal our world.

Enjoy!

The author

 

Chapter One

It was a most lovely and unusual day!

It was a beautiful spring day in a quaint little town; the sort of day during which the air fairly sparkles and the sun turns all a unique shade of color.

The green wasn't just green. It was a shimmering, translucent green, as though the very grass and buds were alive and whispering to all who saw them:

"Wake up look about you!
Notice all that is alive about you and rejoice in it!"

The sky was an elegant, robins egg blue with wispy white clouds. The brown bark and the rich moss of the ground seemed extra luxuriant to all who saw it.

Everything was coming to life!

And, in the little ditch by the side of the road, which had become with the spring rains more of a creek, a mother duck and her brood of fuzzy yellow and brown ducklings waded and washed themselves, as the passers-by walked past and noticed with the joy the splashing about of this delightful family of birds.

Now this mother duck, like all mother ducks, had an innate sense of protectiveness toward her brood of children. If any contrary person was about, if any danger was about, she would guide the ducklings quickly away. And, she was always looking about for such danger, for she was a very good mother duck.

Normally, she didn't have to look far for danger or contrary persons, for there were many people in this little village who didn't always get along! It was not uncommon for the mother duck to see, right on the street, people arguing, giving judgmental looks, or whispering about one another. For as in many little towns, the folks here did not always see each other's differences as a blessing!

The mother duck had many skills. She could herd the little ducklings together with her large, all- encompassing wingspan in the blink of an eye. She showed her little ones how to clean themselves expertly and thoroughly. And, she nudged them and quacked to them in the just the right way, so that they would learn all they needed to know about the many things little ducks must learn: how to swim, how to eat, how to drink water, how to assess the weather, and watch out for danger.

Eventually, she would teach them how to fly. But on this day, the weather was perfect, there wasn't much danger about, and it was not yet time to learn to fly. And so, this family was mostly just splashing about and enjoying the day.

Normally, when people walked by, the mother duck would help her ducklings to scurry away. They would paddle in the water with their little webbed feet, encouraged by their mother, and move quickly around the corner to their hiding place under a bush.
That is what the ducks would normally do. But today was a beautiful, calm, rather special spring day, and the mother duck did not seem to sense any danger in the air.

And it was not only the mother duck who was reacting a bit differently in the town today. It seemed that everyone who was about in this burg was in love, in love with life, in love with goodness and kindness.
For, who could not be, on such a beautiful, shimmering spring day?

2003, Michael D. Purvis

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