Ducks in a row

This photo was shot at the Chattahoochee River, 2 miles from my house.  If I rise and shine early enough I get to see the glorious magical mist consume the waters.

Raising children into productive young adults requires sound decision-making abilities and this photo reminded me of the expressions “get your ducks in a row.”

Getting your ducks in a row is sound advise no matter what stage of life we are at that requires change and decision making.


Organization is NOT a natural ability in my brain but being organized eliminates wasted time searching searching searching!

Preparation and organization allow you to experience a sense of being in control- especially when things seem out of control.

It’s interesting to observe the varying degrees of organization in children.   Some little brains naturally gravitate to order- paper in folders, pencils with a sharpener in a case- even extra pencils.    Some little brains and the way they organize (myself included)

remind me of Albert Einstein’s hair.


Creativity is messy, unordered, spontaneous, often unplanned. It can jump in 12 directions.

This type of orientation can present challenge functioning in an ordered universe.

Getting one’s ducks in a row is a good reminder that order makes things easier.

As a parent, I loved to foster creativity in my children because it was natural.

The organizing part, not so great. Things that seemed tedious I lacked the discipline to organize.

It seemed a brilliant idea to teach my kids that socks do not have to match!  To this day my almost 30 year old daughter does not wear matched socks…

It seemed a brilliant idea to teach my kids that “wrinkles” were cool, so I did not have to iron.

I  didn’t care if their rooms were messy.  We all have our comfort levels-

However, we live in a world too complex not to organize and if I had to do it over in 2019,  having one’s ducks in a row would be a mantra I’d employ with better balance.

Here’s a fun word game- Take turns making an animal sound and have everyone write down what they guess the sound to belong to. They will want to blurt it out, but insist they write the animal down. Tell them not to worry about spelling.  When you’ve done a couple rounds, make up a story with the animals.  Let each person begin a sentence and round robin around…

Come on now get these ducks in a row!