Posted by: Robin | February 26, 2008

Baby Duck

Visit the ducksBaby Duck is my grandson’s favorite stuffed animal to cuddle and sleep with. Last night on their way to the car, Baby Duck slipped away and decided to go on an adventure of his own. I’m not sure how much exploring he got done because Neighbor Bob spotted him an hour later and brought him back to keep Grandma company. When I called Benjamin’s house to reassure him Baby Duck was safe, I discovered this was not the little rapscallion’s first disappearance. Benjamin could sleep without him. I was grateful, and Baby Duck is good company if I can’t have Benjamin’s instead.

It’s made me think about security, and the things we do from the moment we step into the world to get us some, especially as we ‘lay [us] down to rest.” Is it weakness or wisdom that urges us , waking or sleeping, to tuck ourselves in with people, things and routine so we are freer to function without looking over our shoulders? Obviously it varies with the situation, though I lean toward wisdom–part of loving our neighbor as ourselves. But what do we do when Baby Duck goes on an adventure leaving us in the lurch? Then we learn whether our securities are tools or props, and if props, then we face the often painful task of growing beyond them. No security we can create for ourselves can or should last. In the long run they diminish us. They have their necessary times and seasons, and they point us to the only security that can sustain us. “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” (II Corinthians 4:18)

My grandson has begun to learn this lesson. Now it’s time for Grandma.



  1. Neighbor Bob is awesome. Seriously, my car battery would have been dead innumerable times without his reminders to turn my lights off. We should make that man a cake or something.

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