Good news! The charming young lady has scheduled her Master’s thesis defense. And the date is a mere three and a half months away. Imagine that. Imagine the anxiety, the nervous days and sleepless nights as she frantically checks and rechecks her data, writes and rewrites, revises her PowerPoint presentation. Oh the stress of it all!
But luckily the charming young lady has Sergio the Duck, her trusty thesis mascot, at her side.
Sergio is a small bright yellow float-in-the-bathtub duck with piercing black eyes and a wide, well-shaped orange beak. Sergio came into the charming young lady’s life last fall, after the installers of a Burke Museum exhibit on the impact of plastics on life in our world, discovered they had a few extra ducks and gifted her with one. This was a cosmic event for the young lady, indeed, the universe had her back, since her thesis project is, in fact, to develop and execute a grand evaluation plan for that very same exhibit, tally and analyze the results, and produce a meaningful thought-provoking summary complete with suggestions.
Sergio sometimes wears a jaunty ranger hat. He attends museum meetings and class demonstrations, he sang the blues on a road trip to Tacoma, and, he has even mediated spats between the charming young lady and Miss L, her attitude-prone, feline roommate. Most importantly, Sergio is a friendly presence in the charming young lady’s life as she finishes her final months in graduate school. He’s a calming little yellow piece of plastic peace.
Sergio makes occasional appearances on Twitter: @SergioTheDuck.