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On the last day of summer, before all the kids went back to school, I walked along our beach, watching families having a final day of fun.
A young girl offered a salted potato chip to a duck swimming near the shore.
Nervously, the duck paddled towards her. It snatched the chip. Then it retreated to deeper waters.
A second girl came down to the water. She kicked water out over the duck. Again and again.
It was -- pardon the cliché -- like water off a duck’s back.
And I did nothing.
What should I have said? What could I have done?
And how would the girls’ parents react, if a total stranger had lectured their daughters on right and wrong? The parents themselves apparently saw no reason to intervene.
Because both girls were doing something I objected to.
Categories: Soft Edges
Tags: ducks, decisions, Ogden Nash, sins