It’s at grandma and grandpa’s house at the barn. It’s fall. The colors. Lucy, the girl, she has stockings on. It’s a little chilly. There is a bow in her hair. All little girls wear bows. While she’s feeding, playing and collecting the eggs she hears clucking, chickens, and roosters crowing. “Cock-a-doodle-dooooooooo!” She also hears cows and horses neighing. There is the smell of manure – horrible and stinky. Lucy holds her nose, although she might be accustomed to it because she lives there. It’s good fresh country air. There is little or no maintenance to the barn. It’s rusty. The doors are held open with a stick and there is lots of rubbish around. Lucy wonders what the cross represents beside the barn. It looks like there are two tombstones beside the cross. A pet is buried there. It was Lucy’s pet – a kitty! It was her first kitten, a calico named Pepper. A duck is with Lucy. It is her pet. Wherever Lucy goes, the duck goes. The duck is named Waddle. Waddle came from an egg. Lucy won the egg as a prize in the Duck Egg Contest. The Duck Egg Contest is like an Easter egg hunt. When Lucy got the egg she said, “It’s soooo cute!”. She put the egg in her apron to keep it warm. When she got home, she put the egg under a chicken that was sitting on other eggs. It was the only duck egg among the chicken eggs. The eggs hatched 34 days later. She had lots of little chickens and one little duck, Waddle. Lucy named her Waddle because that is what she does, waddle. Lucy LOVES Waddle. Together, they walk around the farm, the pond, to the pasture, and down to the creek. Waddle wants to go swimming. It’s warm and sunny. Grandma and grandpa say that she’s found a friend and something to take care of. If you bring it home, it’s your responsibility to take care of. Lucy gives Waddle food and water, helps her make a nest, and collects the duck eggs to take them to market. At market, people say, “They’re HUGE eggs!” and “Big!” They will use them for omelets, in cakes to help them rise, and to make chocolate chip cookies. The best part about duck eggs is the yolk and that they are really fresh. Lucy trains Waddle to: · Fetch, · Go to the door when she wants to go outside (even though she lives in a barn, the kids bring her into the house, too), · Follow her when she walks, · “Quack” when Lucy claps her hands, · Produce more eggs, · Pop balloons · And, fly a kite! Waddle does these things at “Show and Tell” and at the Farm Show. People say, “Wonderful!” and “How do you do that?!” Lucy answers, “Training.” They are at the Farm Show together. Lucy notices that Waddle got away. She flew the coop. A child released her from her cage. Waddle found a boy duck, a drake, and many ducklings followed at the pond back at the farm. It’s a nice love story.