My four year old grandson came to Gettysburg to spend Memorial Day weekend with me. Accompanied by his bag of toys, of course, for the trip. His favorite stuffed animals come along to have adventures and sleep with him as well.
One of my bedrooms…..the one we think the Confederate General convalesced in during the battle of Gettysburg has two big ducks that rest peacefully on the bed. I believe the General stayed here because a section of the floor has been removed and replaced…….(perhaps blood stained.) My grandson asked me if he could take the ducks to bed with him ……..(he was sleeping in the next bedroom with his parents on their bed.) He carried them off. My daughter promptly told him they could not have a sleepover on the bed too…….since he already had Pete the Cat and another large stuffed bluebird dozing there already. There was limited sleeping space as it was.
I watched my daughter place the ducks carefully in the same position I always arrange them…….side by side on the bed, beaks touching.
I whispered to my grandson to come say good night to them and watched him gently pat both of their heads and say good night.
Now this is two witness accounts from me…….watching my daughter arrange them, and then going in again with my grandson to tell them good night. I am sure beyond a shadow of a doubt that I left them as they had always lain.
Bright and early the next morning, I peeked inside the room on my way downstairs……
The following sight greeted my eyes…….
Perhaps the General likes his ducks to sleep with as well…….perhaps he was saying good morning to the little boy who said good night…….. Perhaps he wished to be remembered this Memorial Day too…..
No one else got up during the night…..my little grandson was safely ensconced between his parents…….I had no dogs with me this weekend in Gettysburg; they were home with my other daughter having their own adventures.
There is no other explanation for these ducks ……..one with his rear facing me and one smiling as if to say…….We had our own sleepover adventure last night……… 🙂
***For those with no little ones….Pete the Cat is stuffed, not a real cat. 🙂