Scarlett was born on a rainy day in April. Soon after, she wandered from her nesting mother. After many attempts to reunite Scarlett with her mom, we realized she had already started “imprinting” to us. Instantly I knew that Scarlett was unlike any other Runner Duck I had ever cared for, the bond was magnetic. In her first night alone, even though under a heat lamp and plenty of comfort, she started to cry out in the night. Still in a daze and sleepy myself, I scooped her up just like I had with my own children. Scarlett slept tucked in my robe and we both fell fast asleep the rest of the night. She eventually made it to the bathtub, tucked in blankets and slept all through the night. She spent days tucked in my scarf if I were running errands or out in public. She slept on demand, which was a treasure. Scarlett followed any pair of feet that was in front of her. She went anywhere and everywhere we were, it was like having a baby all over again. Scarlett’s personality quickly developed, her desire to be with you, her loud quacking and continued chatter, all the while showing us her fearless love for others, including humans, cats, dogs, and turkey’s. Scarlett grew to love car rides, naps, water, grains, bananas and grapes.
As Scarlett grew up she gained her independence at about sixty days. She met up with the other runner ducks on the farm, and bonded with Jake. Jake was born two weeks earlier than Scarlett, they were inseparable, we observed him guiding her to his favorite spot in the garden. Scarlett continued to wait for us to tuck her into her blankets at sunset, even into the summer. Scarlett eventually made the chicken coop her permanent home at 4 months. She often stopped by for a visit, to nibble on her favorite snack, bananas and grapes! With all stories we must come to an end and Scarlett would eventually have to say goodbye. She has had an everlasting impression on those she touched, our hearts full.
We would like to express our sincere gratitude
This journey would not have been possible without the help of some very special people. As my pit crew, my cheerleaders, the cliff decorators, the conductor to my destination. When the train was about to derail or when I didn’t think it was going to happen, you ALL pulled me back on the track, fueled me, kept my eye on the prize and without you this book would not have come to life. If there’s one thing I’ve learned in this journey… It’s about the people we meet along the way, we’re meant to do this together, to connect and in that I have already succeeded to the fullest! It’s not about the sales, it’s about the process and in that I have all the riches. To ALL my friends and family who tirelessly listened over and over about the needless details, and inner workings of this process and long journey. I THANK YOU so much for all your encouragement and support, it never went unnoticed...