If every man acted like a Canada goose

April 14, 2010 at 10:03 pm Leave a comment

A pair of Canada geese have made themselves at home on our pond.  Since it’s just the two, we allowed them to stay and expect their family will be growing soon.  I like to sit on the dock and watch them when I feed the fish in the evening, and it occurs to me that the world would be a better place if every man acted like a Canada goose.

Papa is very protective of Mama.  If they are on the bank and the cats get near them, Papa signals Mama and then puts himself between her and the water so that she can make a quick getaway.  (Not that it’s all that quick. They’ve figured out the cats aren’t really a threat!)  When Mama is hungry, Papa lets her eat corn from the feeder or grass from the yard—he refrains and dutifully stands guard with his head high watching for predators.  If she is tired, he does the same thing while she settles into a comfy spot in the shade.

When it’s time for them to leave for the evening and go to a nearby field to join the other geese, he lets her know by bobbing his head up and down and honking loudly.  She mimics him and then follows as he takes off and leads her to safety.

Papa’s behavior is so gallant and admirable that I think every man could learn a lesson from it.  Not the man at my house, of course, because he is too busy hunting or mowing or watching “The Western Channel” to sit and observe the love birds. Not that there’s anything wrong with that…but it isn’t nearly as romantic.  🙄


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