Tribute to Nan


Since the age of eight, Nan’s Lucky Duck has never been far from reach. Purchased at a local two-dollar shop by the late Shirley Grace, she told her seven grandchildren and two daughters that the duck would bring good luck.

During the transition to adulthood, I was the only grandchild to clutch onto the hope that my glitter-encrusted porcelain duck would bring me wealth and happiness. It was perhaps only after Nan’s passing that I realised my perceived luck wasn’t really luck at all—but was the love of the family working its magic.

I don’t think Nan ever allowed herself to take credit for our family’s strong bond and shared affection for each other’s company. Nan’s Lucky Duck symbolises the importance of supporting others and believing in one’s self beyond any other entity or spiritual power.  

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