Day 37……I was so excited when I came in early for morning duty and found as I looked into the incubator. There before my wondering eyes was one egg with one tiny little hole in the shell where the duckling had been pecking. I immediately sent Mrs. Daniel a text. I knew she would be so excited. Well we waited all day yesterday waiting on this special little duckling to hatch out of its shell. As the hole only got just a tiny bit larger by the end of the school day, Mrs. Daniel and I wondered if we should help the duckling out just a little. Now remember……we have already waited 9 days past our hatch day which has never happened over all these years that I have experienced hacking eggs.
After room 202 kids had left for the day, Mrs. Daniel and I made the decision to go ahead and help the duckling, we had already named “Hope”, out of her shell. This was a chance we took to give Hope the chance of life. We were hoping nothing would go wrong. Before I go on, I’d like to say my dream as a child was to grow up and be a veterinarian. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen, but I am an animal lover.
Ok, here we go. Around 2:15 yesterday I gently took Hope’s shell in the palm of my hand. I gently cracked the shell ever so gently a tiny bit at a time, and then I would wait to see if she would push herself out. She pushed and pushed, but she still couldn’t make it out. I cracked the shell a little more. Hope tried and tried but she was having difficulty being able to crack the egg herself. After 40 minutes, I had cracked the egg just enough so she could free herself from the shell. She was so tired but she was peeping and moving about ever so slowly. She was such a little trooper! As I left for the day and got into my car to go home, I was praying she would be strong enough to make it over the next 24 hours.
I did not know, until later last night, when Mrs. Daniel sent me a picture while I sat at my daughters graduation, that Mrs. Daniel had taken her home in the incubator to watch over her and give her the care she need to pull through. I was so excited!! I could not wait to see her this morning when I came to school. Hope is the most beautiful and healthy little duckling I have ever seen. She has great color, great lungs and is walking around with no problems at all.
WE DID IT!! All the boys and girls were very excited this morning when they came to school. They had no idea what had happened after they left school yesterday. Everyone had patience, love and hope that she would be able to hatch. Way to go HOPE! You did it!
As Hope has shown Mrs. Daniel, myself, and the room 202 kids…..Never give up hope!!