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Three little yellow ducks all in a row # atoz challenge

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Yellow Ducks in a row

Three little yellow ducks made of plastic are hardly the items one would expect as part of the bathroom decor of a household whose median age is 65. But these yellow ducks perched on the basin are part of my grandchildren’s bathing paraphernalia. It gives me tremendous joy to see them splash about together in the bath tub and lined up, they never fail to remind me that I need to be organised to get things done.

With my “To Do” list getting longer every day, it is important that I plan my days properly, prioritise tasks and delegate jobs , or in other words ‘get my ducks in a row’.

According to the Dictionary of American Slang, this phrase means :

(Variations : have

[or get] one’s ducks all in a row or have [or get] all one’s ducks in a row) Tobe fully prepared; to be organized; DO one’s HOMEWORK : You have fiveyears to get all your ducks in a row/ Want to get all your ducks in a row?Get ChemPlus [1970s+ Army; perhaps fr a mother duck’s marshaling of herducklings in a neat flotilla behind her; perhaps fr some game]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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No one really knows the origin of the phrase but it could come from the baby ducks who waddle behind their mother in one straight row.

Isn’t this a colourful reminder to get things on track? 

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Author: Bellybytes

Proud Mumbai gal who always sees the humour in life. The mum who made banana fritters when all the other mums made cupcakes.

12 Comments on “Three little yellow ducks all in a row # atoz challenge

  1. I used to have them when my elder son was a kid. I think more than him, I had lot of fun splashing around with the ducks.

    1. Me too! I always think that toys are for adults. My grandchildren love playing with newspapers, plastic bottles, making a beeline for the shoes and of course grabbing things from tables

    1. Always keep alive the child in you . Even though my chronological age is two shy of sixty, in my mind I’m still five !

  2. Aww, such a cute post Sunita, I had them too when my kids were small! Wonder where and when they disappeared! Keeing one’s ducks in a line is indeed a tall order, especially when cleaning is the last priority in your to-do list 😉
    One more to go, all the best!
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    1. Thanks for your daily visits Kala. It has been very encouraging . I enjoyed your posts throughly this month and look forward to keeping in touch ..

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