How Daisy Lost Her Quack and Got It Back
by John Arnold
Daisy woke up when a ray from the sun hit her right in the face.
“How rude,” she thought.
Some birds in the trees around her started to laugh.
“How rude,” she thought again. Those birds are always annoying.
She waddled over to her water dish and took a drink.
That always set thing straight.
She looked over at the house and hoped that the people who lived there would hurry up and deliver her grain pellets
She was hungry and was in no mood for a long wait.
A bird from a nearby tree flew into her pen and sat on the side of the water dish.
It was her friend Monique La Fleur, the blue bird.
Daisy opened her bill to quack but nothing came out.
As hard as she tried no sound came out.
Just then Nikolai Araña, the spider, moved over on his web.
“What’s wrong with her?” he asked.
“She can’t quack!” said Monique.
“What!” said Nikolai.
“And I don’t know what to do,” said Monique, “I chirp!”
“And I don’t know what to do,” said Nikolai, “I vibrate!”
“Let’s go see Reb Barvaz,” chirped Monique. “He’s a very wise old duck. Maybe he’ll know what to do.”
“It can’t hurt,” said Nikolai.
So the three friends went to visit the wise old duck, Reb Barvaz. They told him about Daisy’s problem and he thought for a moment. Then he said, “Sometimes when you lose your voice it’s Nature’s way of letting you know you have nothing to say.”
Daisy shot him a look and Monique and Nikolai looked at each other.
“I don’t think that’s the case, Reb Barvaz,” said Monique.
“Daisy always has something to say,” said Nikolai.
“I think Daisy has something to say but she just can’t do it, ” Monique continued.
“Well, what are we going to do now?” asked Nikolai.
Daisy looked sad.
“Don’t be sad, Daisy,” said Monique. “We’ll figure something out.”
“Why don’t you ask Pablo Pato?” suggested Reb Barvaz. “He always has good suggestions.”
“OK,” said Monique.
“It’s worth a try,” said Nikolai.
Daisy shook her head, yes, and the friends moved on to see Pablo Pato.
When Pablo heard that Daisy had lost her quack he shook his head.
“I am very sorry to hear that you lost your quack, Daisy. I will be glad to help you find it.”
The friends looked at each other. “It’s not like finding your house key.”
“The girl can’t quack!” said Nikolai
“I see,” said Pablo. “Maybe she should go see Caroline Canard.”
“Who’s that!” asked Monique and Nikolai in unison.
“She’s a licensed hypnotherapist,” said Pablo. “It’s worth a try.”
“What do you think, Daisy?” Monique and Nikolai asked Daisy.
She shrugged her wings.
“Let’s try it,” said, Nikolai.
“OK,” said Monique.
Pablo cried, “Good luck!” as the friends went to visit Caroline Canard.
When they told Caroline what was wrong she thought for a moment and then said, “All right. It’s worth a shot. Now, Daisy, I want you to close your eyes. You are going to get very, very sleepy…”
Daisy did close her eyes and she really did feel sleepy…
Was it a dream? Daisy looked overhead and saw all these birds flying together and calling out to her, “Come on! Come with us! It’s time to go south!”
But Daisy couldn’t fly. She had big, powerful wings, but she was too big to fly. “I can’t!” she called out to the flying birds, “I’m too big to fly!”
“Come with us!” they called out. “Come south with us!”
“Oh! I want to go!” Daisy wished so hard.
“Come with us!”
Then Daisy woke up and quacked “I can’t!”
Caroline looked at the other animals.
“I think something is happening,” she said. All the other animals stared at Daisy.
“You just quacked, ” said Caroline.
“Sort of,” added Nikolai.
Daisy opened her bill and once again nothing came out.
Caroline shook her head, thought for a moment, and said, “Maybe you should take her to a speech pathologist. Felix Eichhörnchen is very good.”
Nikolai said, “Who’s that?”
Caroline explained, “He’s the squirrel in the tree over there. He may be able to help.”
Monique shot Nikolai a look. They thanked Caroline and took Daisy to the nearby tree.
“It’s worth a try,” said Caroline.
“And we got nothing better to do, ” said Nikolai.
Felix Eichhörnchen looked down from his office high in the treetop and asked, “May I help you?”
“I sure hope so,” said Caroline.
“Our friend Daisy here has lost her quack and needs to get it back,” explained Nikolai.
Felix looked down and went “Hmm…”
“Well, can you help?” asked Caroline.
“You’ve come very highly recommended,” added Nikolai.
Daisy just sadly chewed on some grass.
“Hmm,” went Felix again. “I like a challenge. Let’s see what we can do…” And, with that, he scampered down the tree and stood in front of Daisy.
“Stick out your tongue,” he said.
“Hmm,” thought Felix. “Maybe you can’t quack because you have nothing to say.”
“That doesn’t make any sense,” said Nikolai. “A lot of creatures keep making noises even though they have nothing to say. They just do it out of habit.”
TO BE CONTINUED…