The Duck Press

The Duck Press
“Maybe that’s enlightenment enough: to know that there is no final resting place of the mind, no moment of smug clarity. ”  Anthony Bourdain

Memories. I read today that his belongings are being auctioned off online. His artwork, his furniture, his kitchen paraphernalia, including his famous duck press. I will log on and see what I can afford and buy something.
Maybe even that duck press. I sit up in my tree, clutching my violin and letting the tears slide down my face. After all of this, they are selling his stuff. I close my eyes and remember. I begin to play my violin, weeping the whole time. After awhile, I climb down and leave. These memories were left here with the trees.


32 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Sep 16, 2019 @ 16:08:25

    A duck press… I have only seen it in use once, in a restaurant in Barcelona, I hope you can buy it and cook some duck at home, the process of preparing the sauce with that one seemed almost like a ritual …


  2. rivrvlogr
    Sep 16, 2019 @ 16:12:09

    Some places bring consolation. This sounds as though the trees will hold those memories for you to return to, as needed.


  3. merrildsmith
    Sep 16, 2019 @ 16:29:12

    Sending your memories with violin music into the trees to hold–so touching and so vivid.


  4. sarahsouthwest
    Sep 16, 2019 @ 16:52:21

    How beautiful to have a place to store memories.

    I am going to have to google duck press now, of course.


  5. Linda Lee Lyberg
    Sep 16, 2019 @ 17:40:24

    Beautiful Toni. He was such a special person.


  6. Vivian Zems
    Sep 16, 2019 @ 18:02:22

    This brought tears to my eyes. He is sorely missed.


  7. Tim
    Sep 16, 2019 @ 18:08:19

    That pretty well sums it up, “After all of this, they sell our stuff.”


    • kanzensakura
      Sep 16, 2019 @ 20:04:00

      I don’t have children or neices or nephews. Ny stuff is going to be sold and contributed to ASPCA and Humane society. Might as well have it do some good.

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  8. Glenn A. Buttkus
    Sep 16, 2019 @ 18:20:08

    This one is so heartfelt, the prompt line just blends in. They’re still showing reruns of his show Saturdays on CNN. It will become like I LOVE LUCY, rerunning every day somewhere in the world.


    • kanzensakura
      Sep 16, 2019 @ 18:33:09

      And that is not a bad thing. A hearty dose of culture, kindness, and good food for the masses. I have been watching on CNN. The ines I loved the best that is.

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  9. msjadeli
    Sep 16, 2019 @ 19:01:25

    Toni, my heart breaks in reading this. Why are they selling all of his things? Not that he cares anymore, but for those who loved him it has to seem like a violation. Better to make a museum for people to visit…


  10. kim881
    Sep 17, 2019 @ 10:26:21

    I had no idea what a duck press was, had to look it up, and now feel I have learnt something new today. But the feeling of grief is not new, and you’ve conveyed that powerfully in the final paragraph, Toni.


  11. lifelessons
    Sep 17, 2019 @ 14:35:12

    I like the fact that you have made use of the prompt to reflect on a true (and sad) occurrence.


  12. Rob Kistner
    Sep 18, 2019 @ 13:59:19

    Excellent writing Toni ! Good use of the prompt line. Enjoyed reading this. Sad though.


  13. memadtwo
    Sep 18, 2019 @ 18:40:21

    There is such a disconnect between grief and the dispersal of the deceased’s property for profit. A tree is just right to keep what can’t be bought or sold. (K)


  14. purplepeninportland
    Sep 19, 2019 @ 13:12:29

    The image I get of you sitting in your tree, playing the violin is heartbreaking.


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