He was always there on time. Worked his 24/7 shift and did it without complaint.
He smiled when it was hot.
He smiled when it was extremely hot.
He just smiled.
He had a friend, Sharkie, (thermometer) who sometimes they got along and sometimes they didn't. Sometimes they would be side by side, but sometimes they would be on opposite sides. There are pictures of them together, but Sharkie is too distraught to give permission for me to share them. He rather remember Duckie as Duckie.....before the end happened.
Duckie glowed at night. He enjoyed shinining his light in a pool that needed to be illuminated. He was happy to serve others. It was at night that I think he particularly smiled.
But then, horrors! How could it happen?
Duckie slipped from our midst. We were out one night and it was getting dark. Duckie should have glowed, yet he remained dark. He should have shined, but no light was shining.
We looked at each other.
And realized Duckie was gone.
No longer would we enjoy his bright smile. No longer would he bring us joy.
He was just a shell of the duck he used to be.
Still holding chlorine.
But forever dimmed.
We will miss that duck. But in honor of his faithful service we won't replace him until the coming spring. We will respect that he needs to continue to float around the pool faithfully doing what he does best.
He will always be our first duck and our favorite duck here where we live.
We will always remember him fondly.
If you want to participate in his memorial service, please accompany us this coming Friday at 12 p.m. In lieu of flowers, bring chlorine tablets. I think he would appreciate that.
And with his passing, I fear too our summer swimming days are over. I thought we would be swimming later in the year. The spirit is willing but perhaps the flesh is too timid. I must admit, I'm chicken. I love warm temps for the pool (88 plus degrees). My last time swimming was a few weeks ago. Hubby braved it last week when it dropped to 78 degrees for a few days. Son and step grand daughter went in yesterday at 82 degrees. The nights are cooling down.
Time to perhaps close the pool until the next season.....though son thinks maybe just a few more weeks.....but he is braver than me.
In the meantime......fondly remember Duckie; and his illuminated light. We will too.