Hays, KS is a city of 21,000 year-round residents, plus 4,800 college students. By Kansas standards, a mid-sized city. Not the place where you would expect to see wildlife. But last weekend, while we were moving our son into his new home, traffic came to a standstill as three ducklings crossed 6th St.
A kind lady from another vehicle encouraged them to stop dawdling in the street. Once they safely reached the sidewalk, the set off down Walnut with a determined pace.
The young fowl declined to answer how they came to be in the big city with no parental supervision or where they were headed.
My mind immediately went to Make Way for Ducklings, the 1941 Caldecott Award Winner by Robert McCloskey. I read it to our children repeatedly when they were young. I'm sure our copy is still in a box in the basement . . . somewhere.