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This Quacks Me Up!

Posted on May 13, 2017 by Bruce MacNaughton
Mother Duck says, “Quack quack quack quack!”
You probably know all about Prince Edward Island’s famous red head (Anne) and our favourite shellfish (lobster). But, did you know that we also have a beloved duck?

Lucy the Duck was the big news story in PEI this week, and it’s quite fitting I share her story on Mother’s Day weekend because this is one devoted mother.

For the eighth year in a row, Lucy has set up house in the Atlantic Superstore’s Garden Centre in Charlottetown.

Every year, just like clockwork, Lucy makes her nest within the plants and lays her eggs. The Superstore staff cordons off the area and provides her with all the food she needs. She bathes in the parking lot puddles, and, after her eggs hatch, the police direct traffic so the family can safely waddle across the road and go to wherever it is that they go after they leave the Garden Centre.

This year, Lucy has a boyfriend with her (but rumour has it he spends most of his time in the nearby McDonald’s parking lot feasting on French fries).

I just love this CBC news story because it is another testament of the wonderful people we have here in Prince Edward Island. Everyone looks forward to Lucy’s return. (You can read more about Lucy and her boyfriend Lucifer here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/pei-lucy-duck-superstore-garden-1.4101801)

Speaking of Moms, our restaurant will be open Mother’s Day from 11:30 to 4.  Here is our Mother’s Day menu. We officially will open for the season on May 26. Hopefully, we will see you this year.

While taking reservations for the restaurant this week, I got thinking about blended families and the roles that stepmoms have in society. While looking through the Globe and Mail today, I read, "On Mother’s Day, stepmoms navigate tricky emotional territory" by Leah MacLaren who shares her perspective here

Wishing Mom's everywhere a wonderful day and one where they feel the love where it may come from. 

8 Comments

sharon cormier

Posted on May 16, 2017

what a sweet story! I think it is so fitting for Mother’s Day..or any day!This is the first I have heard of Lucy and her babies. <3

Regina/Andrew Perkins

Posted on May 15, 2017

How beautiful!! People actually putting an animals needs ahead of the rush, rush, rush!! Love this story. Hope Lucy, her babies, & Lucifer have long lives.

Julie Watson

Posted on May 14, 2017

Lucy always makes me think of a magical memory of being in London England strolling up the Mall towards Buckingham Palace we heard several lanes of traffic screeching to a half. The Bobbies (police officers) held up traffic while a family of ducks waddled out from under the gates to the Queen Mother’s residence and crossed the road to Hyde Park. Apparently a twice a day happening. Lucy and our cities finest are continuing a fine tradition.

Beverly

Posted on May 14, 2017

Thanks for that neat story about the duck!

Maria Pisani

Posted on May 14, 2017

Sounds like Lucy, the duck is a special mom! I love the fact an officer is ready and willing to direct traffic so her little brood of ducklings can get across safely! Good on him!

MaryJane

Posted on May 14, 2017

Beautiful Story. Spent a week in PEI 20+ years ago & loved it. Stayed at a newly renovated Gables Motel & saw the Anne of Green Gables Show in Charlettown – Superb.

Brenda Macleod Raham

Posted on May 14, 2017

such cozy stories. My middle name is AnnE and at 62 my hair is still red.

Kathy Sproule

Posted on May 14, 2017

Very cute story. I did not know about Lucy.

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