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Buddha said, “All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become.”

By Harvey Tobkes

When I was a young boy, I used to love visiting my cousin Harrison, who lived in a beautiful home in Jamaica, N.Y. We would sail and race our toy boats in the nearby lake with all the other kids and just have a great time. But best of all, was his game room down in the basement; there was a pinball machine, a ping-pong table, a billiard table, darts, goodies to eat, and a soda dispenser with syrups and ice-cream. Wow! It was heaven below the earth.

Well, one day a baby duck came walking up the driveway, probably came from the lake when it got lost from its mama and siblings, and decided to take a stroll. We were delighted with the little guy and decided to call him, (or her) Pee Wee.

My uncle Lou built a Duck house with wire fencing all around so Pee Wee would not wander off, and that little duckling became a family pet with incredible intelligence; believe me, he was smarter than the AFLAC Duck.

Pee wee duck

Ducks can live up to 12 years, but much before then Pee Wee became unhappy and his personality changed. Even his Quack sounded different. I think that he missed the aquatic life and the company of his fine-feathered friends.

But Pee Wee could have changed the conditions in his life very easily. Simple! All he had to do was to raise his pretty wings, flap them up and down and fly away. But you see, Pee Wee did not know he could fly; he did not have any idea that he had it within himself to find the happiness he sought. And too often, neither do we humans.

P.S. Pee Wee met an untimely death, we all suspected “fowl play” (pun intended). Some neighbors had been complaining about the noise in the early morning. My theory…he was whacked because he quacked.

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