You know you’re from Minnesota if you finish the phrase “Duck…Duck…” with “Gray Duck” rather than “Goose.”
You know the game that I’m talking about, right? A group of boisterous children sit crossed-legged in a circle while one child walks slowly around the circle, tapping each of their fellow friends on the head and calling them a “duck.” If the little boy or girl wandering around the circle calls one of their friends a “goose” (says the rest of America), then the “goose” leaps to her feet and tries chasing the tapper around the circle.
Of course, here in Minnesota, we play a much more complex version of the game. With each “duck” designation, we like to add a fancy adjective (red duck, purple duck, whatever description my elementary school mind can creatively imagine duck). The race around the circle starts whenever someone is deemed the dreaded gray duck.
My six-year-old self would employ the classic strategy of holding the beginning “grrrr” of a word, just to make my fellow ducks feel a bit uneasy about whether I’d knight them a green or a great or a (cue gasps!) gray duck. Minnesota children can be down right diabolical when it comes to Duck Duck Gray Duck, don’t cha know.
I picked up this tee on my last visit to the General Store of Minnetonka, and they don’t seem to sell it online! So I’m sorry about that, friends. I guess this means that you’ll have to take a big ol’ trip to Minnesota, visit and shop at the General Store (I recommend having lunch at their Cafe & Bistro), and then play a little round of Duck, Duck, Gray Duck with the locals before you leave. 😉