Thursday, January 9, 2014

Make Way for Ducklings in Boston Public Garden

“Mr. and Mrs. Mallard were looking for a place to live.  But every time Mr. Mallard saw what looked like a nice place, Mrs. Mallard said it was no good.”  -Make Way For Ducklings

Oh yes... we made our way in a long funny line toward Boston Public Garden.
“There was sure to be foxes in the woods or turtles in the water, and she was not going to raise a family where there might be foxes or turtles.   So they flew on and on…”   -Make Way For Ducklings

It was a fine sunny morning, still breeze, warm grass...
“When they got to Boston, they felt too tired to fly any further.  There was a nice pond in the Public Garden, with a little island on it…”   -Make Way For Ducklings

And plenty of little ducklings...
“'The very place to spend the night,’ quacked Mr. Mallard.  So down they flapped.”   -Make Way For Ducklings

Of course, we couldn't come to Boston without thinking of this classic children's story.
“One day the ducklings hatched out.  First came Jack, then Kack, and then Lack, then Mack and Nack and Anawak and Pack and Quack.”  -Make Way For Ducklings

We sat for a long time by the water feeding the swans and ducks...
“Mr. and Mrs. Mallard were bursting with pride.  It was a great responsibility taking care of so many ducklings, and it kept them very busy.”   -Make Way For Ducklings

Old George Washington was in a fine mood too, celebrating a Stanley Cup for the Bruins.
“She taught them to walk in a line, to come when they were called, and to keep a safe distance from bikes and scooters and other things with wheels.”   -Make Way For Ducklings

In fact, everyone was in a splendid morning mood.
“Michael planted himself in the center of the road, raised one hand to stop the traffic, and then beckoned with the other, the way policeman do for Mrs. Mallard to cross over.”   -Make Way For Ducklings

Across the street, the old Cheers Bar is still going strong, much like the architecture atop Beacon Hill.
“Everyone stared.  An old lady from Beacon Hill said, ‘Isn’t that amazing!’ and the man who swept the streets said, ‘Well, now ain’t that nice!’”  -Make Way For Ducklings

When we stumbled upon this family of ducks... I couldn't resist.
“Inside the gate they all turned round to say thank you to the policeman.  The policeman waved goodbye.”   -Make Way For Ducklings

Quack!  Quack!  Good Morning, Boston!

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