So there we were my son Martyn and I just got back from looking at cars. A mother Mallard Duck with six or so tiny babies trailing behind her all in a straight line walked passed us. Of course I couldn’t get a shot in as I didn’t have the camera with me or my phone to grab a snap. I followed them as they had to walk across a busy road and I didn’t want anyone dying on my watch. The mother Duck suddenly stop and was in a bit of a flap calling out as were her babies. As I got nearer I saw what was wrong with them, about five or six more babies were down a drain in the road trying franticly to get out but couldn’t. How they got down there was beyond me. They couldn’t have fallen through the bars in the drain so I just didn’t know. At this point I have to mention that my back was playing me up big time, as were my arms and knees, oh, I also have a hernia playing me up. So you get the picture, I am a bit of a weakling these days.
The babies were really stressing by now and I feared for their short lives.
Well where the strength came from I don’t know but I grabbed hold of the heavy iron drain and yanked it open. The smell coming from the drain was awful; the water was black like oil had been poured down there and there were all sorts of things bobbing about on the surface which I won’t mention in case you are having your dinner. I drove my hand into the horrid water and scooped up the little chicks one by one and they went waddling off to join the rest of their family. For a second I thought the mother duck might waddle over to me and kiss my face, did she F**k, she turned her back and carried on with her journey to get to the canal nearby.
But you know, no thanks were needed even if she could speak, if we all help one another when in need the world would be a much better place. But how will that happen when most of us go about blinkered to what’s around us, hell we don’t even make eye contact any more in case someone takes it the wrong way.
Something to ponder over eh?
Oh, and me a hero, I think not just helping out where I could x