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The Virtual Assistant and the Duck

I have ducks as pets. Thirteen of them, to be exact. I suppose it was only a matter of time before I wrote something that referenced my feathered kids, otherwise known as fids.

Time often gets away from me as I sit and observe my ducks. The personality within each of them is recognizable, the hierarchy evident within the flock. All business, they do what they do. They communicate with each other. They communicate with me. They believe in consistency and enforce it on a daily basis.

One day I was in the backyard hanging some laundry on the clothes line. Behind me I can hear the contented quacking, chirping noises of my babies. Soon one voice stands out amongst them and I turn to see one lone duck coming my way. Her approach was confident as she told me something very important. Once she got about a foot away from me, she stopped and just looked at me with a “Well, what are you gonna do about it?” look.

It broke my heart to tell her I had no idea what she was talking about.

So I sat down on the grass and tried to bridge the language barrier between the species. My neighbors most definitely would have thought me a little light in the head, had they come outside and seen the show.

My best guess of what she was saying was, basically she was ratting out one of her sisters. Some large styrofoam panels had fallen from storage, and are apparently considered a delicacy for ducks. Good luck keeping them out of the stuff once they discover it. Anyway, I had already moved the styrofoam out of their reach once, but it had blown back down. The one lone duck was telling me her sister was over where it was, having herself a little snack.

So I snuck up on her. Busted. As she squawked away from me exclaiming that she didn’t do it, I had to chuckle at the evidence of little bitty styrofoam balls stuck in the corners and on the top of her bill.

After putting the forbidden fruit away, I turned my attention back to the ducks. Now that the rogue sister was back in the fold, everyone had settled down for a little afternoon nap. The only sound in the air was the distant chatter of a squirrel in the trees.

All lined up, in their order of bearing within the flock, they slept. Each one knowing all was well and taken care of; confident that their leader was alert and watching for any potential harm.

On a similar level, the workings of the project managers and virtual assistants at Contemporary Virtual Assistance are like those of the flock. We communicate, we are alert, we believe in order and accuracy. Your business and the work we do for you are tended to with the same consideration and thoroughness we would apply to our own. We take pride in the testimonials of our satisfied clients. Knowing we are productive for them affords us a few contented quacks of our own.

And no one in the flock will rest, until everything is taken care of.

photo credit: ℓαurα suαrez

Posted on February 2nd, 2010 by Laura Dennis, Virtual Assistant

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