A Word About Endings and Loving
We take our days for granted so often. We weep when there are passages and change. We love for whatever reason drives us and we live in spite of the pain.
I don’t know what makes love happen, but I recognize it when it does. Love is more than a feeling; it’s an affirmation of life. We get love where we least expect it. Not just from a lover, a husband, a stranger, a friend, a parent, a child, a mistress or wife. Love is the connection of the gift of permission to truly be open to give. We get by return maybe nothing more than the chance to finally breathe.
Love is a friendship, a touch or a moment that lingers in the back of your mind. Who or whomever opens your heart makes room for all who will follow. Even when you’re parted or they are dearly departed, love is the essence of life.
For all our connections with the people who love us and the people who might not respond, there’s an indescribable love shared only with a pet, be it a dog or a cat, or a parrot or a hamster—or a duck swimming happily in a pond.
Rest in Peace, sweet Duck.
Duck, who was quite rightly spoiled to perfection developed a black beak over time, as she preferred a diet of pure coy (which causes changes in the color of a duck’s beak). Caviar was not always available. And if it wasn’t Beluga, why bother?
Duck D. Duck is based on a real duck who passed away on Valentine’s Day, Thursday, February 14th, 2013. She lived in Texas, and was rescued by a woman we will call “Typist.” Duck was rescued from a public park lakeside where she was the victim of abuse. Suddenly Duck found herself living as the purveyor of her own special custom pond, a safe house away from predators like raccoons, with plenty of food, lots of love at the very ‘center of the universe.’
Duck was catapulted to international stardom on WinnieToons, where she began her career as our Gulf Coast Corespondent during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Winnie and Duck went on from there to have any number of adventures, including Duck’s bid for the presidency.
Like all real animals who begin in rescue, we don’t know much about her beginnings, but we know that she climbed to the top of the world, and became an international sensation, purely because she was loved. Duck will continue to appear in WinnieToons as a way to keep her memory alive. Without further explanation, here is a brief look back at some of Duck’s many personae over our last four years here at WinnieToons. Duck will be missed but not forgotten. She lives on in the spirit of joy, rebellion, silliness, laughter and an absurdest appreciation of life.
Duck with a Pearl Earring. One of the lost Vermeers.
Duck was originally discovered by Diana Vreeland. She considered Anna Wintour to be an upstart.
After a brief but illustrious career on the stage, Duck became tired of Stage-Door Johnnies sending her little blue boxes from Tiffany’s—because the diamonds always got stuck in her throat.
Duck, having already mastered the breaststroke went on to metal on the balance beam in the 2012 London Olympics.
Without missing a beat, she went on to metal in Dressage, where she totally wiped out the Romneys.
We loved her tender, we loved her sweet, and we’ll never let her go.
Duck offered us exclusive, courageous inside coverage of the Fukushima Power Plant meltdown.
Duck demonstrating how avian nuns do yoga.
Duck was a master of Eastern Martial Arts. Shown here reenacting Hillary’s historic visit to China.
Duck had an obsession with Charo. Clearly they were soul-mates with a deep spiritual connection.
Duck, who was nothing, if not discreet, never bragged about actually being the one hitting the high notes while Diana Ross simply did the lip syncing.
Duck crossing the Alps.
Duck was the quintessential feminist, and when she called for Putin to release Pussy Riot, she drew attention to what a pussy Putin really is, pointing out that a real man isn’t frighted of strong and independent young women with opinions.
Duck knew how to work any ensemble, and she could drink you under the table.
As a Wagnerian Rhine maiden performing in the Rinse Cycle at the Metropolitan Opera.
Duck kept her private life, private, although there were rumors….
….and more rumors….
The rumors of her wild private life led to various conversions of faith which allowed her to really let her freak flag fly—they truly know how to party at the Vatican.
But if one faith didn’t suit her, she dabbled in another….
But for all her many personae, Duck was at heart, a simple country girl from Texas who could shoot the pants off Wayne Lapierre in a skeet match any day.
In closing, WinnieToons tribute to the real Duck D. Duck, wants to leave you with one final thought: Love your life. Love your friends. Love your family and all who love you. And never forget to love your pets, because no one else will ever love you back with so much purity.
Duck D. Duck. Birth date unknown – 2/14/2013 – Rest in Peace.