Growing up in a small Midwestern town, I can remember hearing this song as a child. It would play in the stores or from the outside loudspeakers in our downtown (only three or four blocks long) while I went Christmas shopping with my parents and my sister. Sadly, most people don’t even know it today.
Inspired by a little-known picture book from the pen of Bethany Tudor, this is a diary, of sorts, where I document some of my thoughts, activities, and ideas as I explore the challenges met by the characters in the story: hard work, the care and nurture of others, housekeeping skills, life changes, charity, community, and cooperation, among others. Like Samuel and Samantha, the ducks in the tale, I struggle and succeed, cope and celebrate, work and play, handling the tasks that come my way. I invite you to join me on my journey.