Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Where’s the goose?

When I moved into this apartment a little over a year ago I was pleasantly surprised to see a trio of geese waddling around the complex. The site of them reminded me of that movie “Fly Away Home,” which is based on the true story of a little girl who finds goose eggs and brings them home to hatch. The little geese attach to her (called imprinting) and follow her everywhere. The girl and her father realize they must teach them to migrate for the winter and go on a quest to get them from Canada to North Carolina.*

Of course, the geese moved on at some point and I didn’t think about them again until I saw only two of them late last year. They weren’t on our property, but nearby – around the corner, so to speak. And, if I recall correctly, I saw the fallen body of their comrade somewhere on the side of the road. So sad, I thought.

Today as I was returning from my morning carpooling duties I saw a lone goose waiting to cross the street as I drove through the gate. I immediately scanned the area, peering through the trees to the little, nasty lake and all around nearby. I didn’t see the other goose.

Surprising  myself, I could feel tears welling up a little. I drove slowly pass the little guy and looked at him intently. As I looked around some more, I wondered if he is sad and how long he’ll last without a friend. I am a nature lover, I enjoy gazing upon all types of creatures, critters, mammals, flowers, trees and bushes. I’ll watch any nature channel and I’m particularly fond of Animal Planet. Among all of that, I also enjoy staring at the sky and marveling at the clouds, stars, sun and moon… I guess that would make me a lover of the Earth. Hmmm?

Now that I realize that, I should understand my concern for the lonely goose. When I went out this afternoon I didn’t seen the lone goose, I hope it’s okay and that its’ friend was just hobbling around somewhere else.

Good luck Goosey!

*Description of the movie from Amazon.com: “When Amy Alden discovers a nest of goose eggs and brings them home to hatch, the newborns "imprint" on her, following her everywhere, claiming her as their mother. As they grow, Amy and her dad, Thomas, realize they must take on the responsibility of teaching them to migrate for the winter. From Canada to North Carolina, father, daughter, and geese all learn to fly together. The movie Fly Away Home, starring Academy Award®- winning actress Anna Paquin, Jeff Daniels, and Dana Delaney, was inspired by the life of Bill Lishman, the Canadian artist who really did teach geese to fly.”

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