Psychology

It’s always about the Ducks

It’s always about the Ducks

One of my favorite books of my childhood was “Catcher in the Rye” . I found many ways to relate to Holden from identifying phonies to being mesmerized by the symbolism of ducks.   On page 83, he noted “He turned all the way around and said ‘the fish don’t go no place. They stay right where they are, the fish. Right in the goddam lake”. Remember Tony Soprano’s obsession with the ducks in his pond?  To which Holden responded “the fish-that’s different….I’m talking about the ducks.”

Fish, ducks and stasis.  Ducks can crack you up with their quacking. They can cheer you up just by their bright yellow coating. Their little webbed feet and standing give you an odd sense of the fragility of life and matters all around you.  Ducks can also represent honesty, simplicity and resourcefulness (at least in Celtic symbolism).   I also love the word ducks for it rhymes with a very useful word that cannot often be said in polite company. So, ducks it is!

Today on this gray day in New York City, I’m dreaming a little bit about the ducks. You can’t stay stuck and just do a doggie paddle for the rest of your life.  You have to hold onto your truths and bring those forth. You must use whatever means you can, digging deep into your sense of fortitude, and move on.  Use your little webbed feet to confront whatever environment you are in to move on. This week, I breathe free. This week is all about moving on. This week, let’s hear it for the ducks.

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  1. Sometimes it is difficult to move forward despite my desire to do so because I don’t know what the next step should be. I recognize this is probably more fear based than knowledge but it feels like a knowledge deficiency sometimes. In these situations the best I can do is simply not give up and give into despair.

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  2. My maiden name translated (literally) means ‘duck pond’…I guess by taking my husband’s (he loves Ducks) surname, I truly left that pond behind…

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  3. So fun. Though I agree with and appreciate the symbolism you discuss, I must say I like this post because I simply really like ducks. They make me smile. Feeding ducks on a beautiful day in the city is one of the most peaceful and joy bringing activities around.
    Remember also, though ducks represent perseverance and simplicity, they can also be a good reminder to slow down a little. My mom had a little note by her desk when I was young that had a duck paddling furiously on it “The faster I paddle, the slower I go.” Don’t push too hard, slow down, focus, enjoy the ride.

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