There is a little landmark in the Small Town that everyone knows by just 2 words: Duck Pond. It sits at the bottom of the hill from the middle school, just in front of the elementary school. It's a busy little pond, filled with catfish (along with who knows what other fish!), people sitting on its banks (trying to catch supper, I guess), and, of course, ducks, geese, and an occasional heron. In the winter, if it gets cold enough, you can see the ducks on the ice. When the weather gets warmer, you can see young children feeding the ducks. It is a place for runners and cyclists to meet and get started with their work-outs.
It's a place of celebrations: The first week of June, the Parks & Rec holds a fishing derby for ages 3-15. There are signs posted a few weeks before, asking people not to fish until the big day. When the Small Town had their 4th of July Celebration, it was the gathering place to view the fireworks. It was (and still is) a place to be guarded during our Rival Week to make sure a rebel flag isn't placed in the middle of it during the night.
After a few ducks got hit by cars years ago, the elementary school students had a fundraiser to buy "Duck Crossing" signs. The community pulled together to protect some valued inhabitants. It's not uncommon to have to wait patiently for a couple of ducks/geese to cross the road before you can continue on your way.
The Duck Pond is definitely one of the Small Town's treasured landmarks.
We have a place just like that here. We go there frequently in the summer for long walks and to feed all the geese and ducks that live there. I love the idea of having a "Duck Crossing"!ReplyDelete
It sounds like a delightful place. How sweet about the Duck Crossing signs! I had no idea herons came that far inland.ReplyDelete
Duck Pond sounds like a wonderful place. Wish we had one here in our small town.ReplyDelete
We have a duck pond here at our university. So many ducks.ReplyDelete
Sounds like such a fabulous place ... I like the Duck Crossing signs.ReplyDelete
We live next to a lake and I love people watching. It's true, I can't live without water. My hubby is from a small town and they accidentally drained the whole pond once lol. Your posts make me think of his hometown. Your duck pond sound delightful!ReplyDelete
Sounds lovely. We pass a creek on the way home from work but usually only get a brief glimpse from an angle. However, occasionally I'll see a few ducks in the water. It amazes me to see them there in winter!ReplyDelete
I've gone back and gotten caught up on your A-Z posts. I'm enjoying reading about your small town. Great job!ReplyDelete
We've spent many a happy 4th there back in the day! We especially like to laugh about the time the kids were small and hubs insisted we bring the dog. With the first boom of the firecracker she leapt into our nearly new vehicle and peed all over the seat. It's funny now : )ReplyDelete
Love this one. What a wonderful post.ReplyDelete
Ahhh that is so sweet! Especially the duck crossing haha. xReplyDelete
That is an awesome place to hang out. I LOVE that there is a duck crossing spot. Do you think ducks can read? Yeah, of course they can.ReplyDelete
Loved reading about this. Small towns have some of the most unique things.
We have a duck pond next door. It's called a pool. Last year the neighbor had to rescue 10 ducklings who couldn't climb out. I have a pair who have been looking for a place to nest in my yard.ReplyDelete
One of my favourite places in the world is a duck pond in Pilling, UK.ReplyDelete
LOVE the Ducks Crossing sign!! I have seen a Fish Crossing sign in Washington. Where the river floods over the road from time to time.ReplyDelete