[Tweeters] 86 Ducks, a couple of Loons, and an Owl

dgrainger at birdsbydave.com dgrainger at birdsbydave.com
Sat Feb 27 13:41:16 PST 2021

Pat and I send our condolences, Jeff; it is a hard time to experience.
We hope that you are doing well and that you will keep on writing; we
enjoy your posts.
Dave and Pat Grainger, Port Townsend.

On 2021-02-27 11:38, Jeff Gibson wrote:

> My dear ol’ Ma passed away yesterday at the age of 92 after years of

> suffering from dementia. Dad passed a couple of years ago, also with

> dementia. I’ve been here since 2014 and what a long strange trip it has

> been.


> This morning in a house empty of anyone except me and the cat, I took

> the time to honor Mom by counting ducks.


> You see, my Mom was kind of a duck freak. It all started back in the

> later 60’s on a stop at the Rocky Reach Dam gift shop, which was

> inhabited by these cute little pine carved ducks. All these ducks ( a

> Mom and a Dad and 7 babies) are lined up on a shelf above the

> stairwell, picked up on trips to our vacation spot over several years

> in Conconully .


> It’s a fact that just about any horizontal surface in this house is

> covered with ducks - wooden, ceramic ,stone, glass, mystery substance,

> whatever. My count was 86 ducks. Other birds include 3 loons, and one

> owl that I sculpted out of limestone found in a creek near Baker

> “lake”.


> Mom also went through a wood carving phase of relief work featuring

> birds and plants in the mid 80’s , and previous to that abstract

> bird sculptures in driftwood - my favorites.


> I probably missed a few ducks in my count but you can’t take your

> ducks when you go.


> Jeff Gibson

> Missing Mom in

> Port Townsend Wa


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