*Emma worked on this story for a week and it took many 45 minute sessions to complete.
“Once upon a time there was a duck and she bought a gorgeous pair of shoes. She could not force her webbed feet into the lovely shoes, so she fell into a terrible depression.
“Oh what is the matter with me?” she cried.
“Her once beautiful feet now disgusted her. The new shoes languished in her closet. Golden hopes for her acting debut were dashed. Without her new shoes she believed she would not be as highly regarded as she would be while wearing them. Delightful she once was, but now no longer.
“Dawn arose like a spring crocus and she decided matters could only improve if only her feet were dainty. Seeking the advice of an aged, old, spotted owl, she wondered if her feet could be changed.
“The ancient bird asked, “Have you always hated your feet this way?”
“No,” she said, “I have always enjoyed my wonderfully webbed feet.”
“Then, ” asked the sage, “why do you dislike them so, now?”
“Because,” she replied, “my new shoes do not fit and they are so pretty. Could they be changed so I may wear them?”
“Yes.” Owl smiled.
Relieved to be in the company of one so wise, Duck had seen the failure of her ways. It was not her feet needing amendment, it was her perception.
Today is Emma’s birthday. She turns 12. Happy Birthday to my beautiful girl!!