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The Anguish of Mother Duck

December 17, 2014

Most people are familiar with the children’s story of the ugly duckling. For any readers who may not be, it’s the story of a duckling that looks different than the other ducklings. The ugly duckling is more awkward, and in an anthropomorphic story feels rejected by the other ducks. The duckling feels resigned to his fate until one day he wanders to a different part of the pond and discovers the graceful, beautiful white swans. And the “duckling” realizes he’s not an ugly duck, he’s a beautiful swan. The story is designed to help us consider what it means to be beautiful or ugly; what it means to be accepting of those who are different. It’s a lesson important for home, family and work.

On my personal blog, I’ve created a slightly different version of the story.

The Anguish Of Mother Duck

How do you think the Ugly Duckling’s mother felt? By the end of the story the Ugly Duckling wants nothing more than to get away from the ducks and go to his “real” family.

Rodney M Bliss is an author, columnist and IT Consultant. His blog updates every weekday at 7:00 AM Mountain Time. He lives in Pleasant Grove, UT with his lovely wife, thirteen children and one grandchild.

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