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    The Darndest Things: Elmyra

    April 28, 2011 by Brandy Vencel

    Does anyone remember the Tiny Toon character Elmyra Duff–that well-intentioned, animal-loving little girl? We have often jokingly called Daughter A. “Elmyra” due to her affection for all of God’s creatures. We have seen her inadvertently exhaust a ladybug to death, squeeze a frog too tightly, and so on and so forth.

    In fact, when one too many frogs reached an untimely demise due to over-loving on the part of our little girl, Daddy adopted a new rule {borrowed from a family at our church}: If you kill it, you must eat it.
    

    Exhibit A

    

    Daughter A. found herself fretting for an hour or so yesterday. She has recently taken to catching finches, sparrows, and chickadees with her hands {see Exhibit A}. We did not realize until it was Too Late that she did not understand the difference between water birds and land birds. She thought she was doing this poor thing a favor when she dunked her under the water several times. Ducklings love this sort of thing, so this gal would too, right?
    Wrong.
    Daughter A. brought her to the door sopping wet. She was so wet she could not fly, and she was obviously gasping for air. A. was terrified she was going to die…and that she would have to eat her.
    Thankfully, she sat the bird in the sun and she dried off quite nicely. She flew away, and if she tells other birds to avoid our property, I wouldn’t be in the least surprised.

    

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