‘Tis Spring, when a young duck’s fancy turns to love. (Adaptation of classic seasonal adage)
This pseudo-epigraph came to mind a few days ago when I saw a pair of ducks flying around together. Not going anywhere, not looking for anything—just enjoying the sheer joy of winging through the warm air with each other. These ducks were paired up—likely more than just a little bit attracted (or still bonded) to each other. They were glad to be together, enjoying the freedom of fresh air and anticipating the prospect of making a family. Ducks in Spring, paired up and soaring together….
Those of us who are older (non-ducks) might be like these metaphorical avian creatures. At this time of year we might remember fondly when we first encountered those invigorating feelings: Being paired up with an attractive other. Experiencing the sheer joy of being out-and-about in Spring together. Fancying a future with this incredibly wonderful person. Smiling with every part of our being.
I recall those days fondly. I’m still paired with my spouse, and at this time of year I’m still enjoying those feelings. Wondering why such an attractive and wise woman would stick with such an odd duck as me. Grateful for all the flying and smiling we’ve done over these many decades.
Some of us have only the memories—we’re no longer joined to our loved one. Understandably, there may be some sorrow attached to that fact. Perhaps, though, we can learn to fly with others again. To wheel around our worlds with the same kind of lovely abandon that we first experienced years ago. Perhaps we can still consider that possibility, reviving our yearnings for close companionships this Spring. Believing in the resurrecting power of love. Trusting that older ducks and older people can still fly.
And yes, Happy Easter…!
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