For Better or For Worse: Dear Sylvester’s Mom

Dear Mrs. Duck,

I am writing to you because I would like you to know that your duckling, the one who fell behind when you were swimming, did not drown all alone in dow’s lake. My mother went back and found him, slowly sinking into the water. When the man whom she asked to call the bird care center refused, my mom knelt by the water an hoped that he would simply, well… float over, and, wonder of wonders, he did! My mom scooped him out and gently cradled him in her hands all the way back to our home. When I got home, there he was, sitting in his water dish. We named him Sylvester, after a duckling that lived in my mom’s classroom when she was small. We each took a turn carefully holding him in our hands. Sylvester was so soft! When my dad got home, he took Sylvester to the bird care center, there, they found that his mouth was full of blood. Immediately, they stopped examining him and gave him some medicine to make him more comfortable. That night comfortable, loved and surrounded with other ducks, geese and all sorts of other birds, he quietly passed away. We all cried upon hearing this news. Anyways, I just really thought that you would like to know that your duckling enjoyed his final hours and that his life, though short, had an effect on many people. I’m sure that you are very proud of him.

Also, thank you very much for taking such good care of him while you could and for calling back for him. If you had not done that I think that he would have died all alone and his little life would not have been noticed. At least this way he knew that he was loved very much, not only by you but by my family and everyone who hears this story, Sylvester’s story. I will never forget about your little duck that little trooper, Sylvester.

Sincerely, your friend,


About Lucy

Lucy (10) is the second youngest member of the Clan Ross-Blevis. You can read more from Lucy here.

  • Dear Lucy,

    How very thoughtful of you to write a letter to Mrs. Duck. I am grateful you wrote it and posted it here so that people like me who never had the honor of meeting little Sylvester could at least know about his brief but cherished life. I am certain your kind words served to comfort Mrs. Duck, and I can assure you that they also comforted me. I especially love that you thanked Sylvester's mother for caring for her duckling so well. Mrs. Duck lost one of her ducklings, but she also gained a friend in you. What a wonderful gift you've offered, Lucy.

    Your friend in Seattle,

  • cousinbetti

    Oh, this brought tears to my eyes – and then some. Lucy, you are so very sweet to think to write a letter to his Mom and I'm sure she would be so happy to know how loved and comfortable her Sylvester was right to the end. Andrea, I wish you wouldn't doubt that you did the right thing, how wonderful for him to be so loved in his time of need. His mother had all those other babies to deal with and nature can sometimes be cruel, maybe she would have had to abandon him to die on his own. What a truly loving family you are! xoxo

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