This is a photo of Nicky’s beloved Ducky.
A dialog between Nicky (“N”) and Phyllis (“P”) (a/k/a Mom) the other day:
N: Ducky isn’t feeling very well today. I’m going to put him to bed so he can rest.
P: OK. You tuck him in nicely.
[A little later as Nicky is going to bed …]
N: Ducky is scared.
P: What’s Ducky afraid of?
N: Ducky thinks the moose will come off the wall and hurt him.
P: What moose?
[Nicky points at a cartoon drawing of a moose on the wallpaper.]
P: You know the moose won’t jump out of the wall, right?
N: Yeah, but Ducky doesn’t know that.
P: Why don’t you give Ducky a big hug, and I’ll give you a big hug too!
[Much hugging and kissing. Some time elapses.]
P: How’s Ducky now?
N: He’s much better and not scared any more.