In the last year they have taught our kids responsibility. When they came as babies the kids were so excited but when the newness wore off they learned that animals take work and love. Harmon who is in charge of cleaning their water daily learned that you can't take Christmas off or his birthday. The twins feed them and Rachel has been the one to watch over them.
During this time their excitement has turned to love. They have come to love them. They love playing with them, and caring for them. Unlike a pet that might come home and be discarded I feel like I'm doing something right as a mom because they have grown to be joyful part of their lives. When the ducky babies hatched the kids were just beyond joyful and excited.
We should have a summer of joy and excitement with two other ducks nesting. It will also be hard when it is time to rehouse some of them. I think we will give our drake back to the gentleman who gave him to us and just keep our original females (and maybe 3 more babies that are female) but I'm so grateful the kids get this unique experience!