Once upon a time there was a Waddle who didn’t look like all of the other Waddles. You see, when Wally the Waddle hatched from his chocolate egg, his little duck bill was as crooked as it could be. That didn’t bother Wally; he was a very special Waddle and his Mother Waddle always made sure to tell him so. Sometimes the other Waddles would tease Wally because he didn’t look like them, but Wally just smiled his crooked grin and told them, “I’m not like you, I am special.”
It was just a few weeks before Easter and all of the Waddles were anxious with anticipation. Every Waddle had been preparing all year to look his very best in hopes of landing in a beautiful Easter Basket. For the first time in his little Waddle life, Wally frowned. When his Mother Waddle asked Wally what was wrong he said, “I don’t look like all of the other Waddles. What if no one wants me in their Easter Basket?”
“Oh, Wally, don’t be silly! You are special and there is an extra-special Easter Basket out there just waiting for you,” responded Mother Waddle. This made Wally’s little crooked grin return once again, but he couldn’t help but wonder if Mother Waddle was right.
On Easter Eve all of the Waddles were quacking about in nervous excitement as they awaited the arrival of the Easter Bunny. Every Waddle had polished his bill, fluffed his marshmallow feathers, and rolled in extra sparkly sugar to prepare. There wasn’t a bad egg in the whole group. When the Easter Bunny arrived, he looked at the Waddles and proudly proclaimed, “These Waddles are the perfect Easter treat!” The Easter Bunny began gathering up the Waddles, but when he got to Wally he stopped. He held Wally up in his fuzzy bunny paw and stared at him. With big Waddle tears in his eyes, Wally asked the Easter Bunny, “I’m not good enough, am I?” The Easter Bunny smiled his big bunny grin and whispered to Wally, “I have the perfect Easter Basket for you.”
The Easter Bunny made his way from house to house, delivering Waddles to each and every Easter Basket. All of Wally’s friends were now tucked away in Easter Baskets all over the world. Wally looked up at the Easter Bunny and asked, “What about me?” The Easter Bunny just smiled as he hopped to the last house on his route. A bright flickering light illuminated the little path to the front door. Wally peeked out nervously, wondering if this is where the perfect Easter Basket was. The Easter Bunny gently placed Wally into a bright pink basket with pretty yellow bows and fluffy green grass. The grass tickled Wally’s bill, but he barely noticed because he was so very nervous. The Easter Bunny kissed Wally on the top of his head and told him not to be afraid. “Close your eyes and get some rest because tomorrow is Easter!” Then the Easter Bunny hopped off into the dark.
Wally was alone. He was scared and very nervous. Wally wondered if all of his Waddle friends felt the same way. He thought to himself, “What do they have to be nervous about? Everyone loves a perfect Waddle!” Wally had never minded having a crooked bill, but now he was afraid that it would ruin his chances for a Happy Easter. Wally closed his eyes and wished for sleep to come. He began to repeat his mother’s words over and over. “You are special, you are special, you are special… You… are… special… You… are… spec…” Wally finally drifted off to sleep.
The next morning, Easter morning, Wally awoke with a start. The sun shone brightly into the Easter Basket and in the distance Wally could hear the faint giggle of a small child and the pitter-patter of little feet. A huge lump began to form in Wally’s throat. He closed his eyes and began to repeat, “You are special, you are special, you are special…” in his head. He could sense that someone was there. Wally slowly opened his eyes only to meet two big blue eyes staring back at him. A little girl with curly blonde hair and a freckled nose was staring right at him. Wally peered into her kind eyes as she began to smile… a little crooked smile just like Wally’s! She scooped up Wally and hugged him tightly. She then skipped over to her parents who had been watching from a short distance. She proudly held up Wally for them to see as she proclaimed, “He is perfect!”
Written by: Jessica Snyder