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renniekins
renniekins
Geese
As I was driving in to work this morning, it was lightly drizzling. There is a small pond (my sister calls it a cesspool) near my office-building, which is a sometime home to a few geese. As I rounded the corner and drove past the pond, I saw a goose standing by the side of the road. It was standing stock still, staring majestically off into the distance.

Now I know that's an odd choice of adjective, and I have not in the past thought of the goose as a nobel animal. But something in its stillness... in the straightness of its stance... in the intensity of its gaze... it caught my attention and my approval. It stared ahead and beyond my car. I smiled thoughtfully, and I turned my eyes back to the road.

Flying directly at my car was a second goose. I think it must have been as distracted as I, because it back-winged with what distinctly struck me as a startled expression. There was a great flapping of wings and wobbling as it leaned backwards and tried to get enough height to go over my car. I ducked reflexively. Through my windshield I saw the underside of a flying goose in much more detail than I ever had before. Its tail-feathers and wings were spread wide, and its feet dangled uselessly as it managed to get just enough lift to swing them over the top of my car.

I drove away from the two geese, reflecting that now I probably knew what the first goose had been watching for, its mate, and feeling relieved that all three of us came out of the experience unscathed.
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simplykimberly From: simplykimberly Date: May 5th, 2003 08:40 am (UTC) (Link)

phew!

I ducked READING that story! Glad you didn't have goose pate under your wiper blades when it was all over!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: May 5th, 2003 10:26 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: phew!

Yes indeedy, me too...thanks! I'm sure the geese are relieved, too. *grin*
cannibal From: cannibal Date: May 5th, 2003 03:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
My oh my, that's very good! Hah! I'm glad the airborne monster didn't smash your car, though!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: May 6th, 2003 07:03 am (UTC) (Link)

I know...isn't that crazy?! That would have been just my luck though, to have my windshield broken by a goose.... Glad it didn't happen!
cannibal From: cannibal Date: May 6th, 2003 07:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Depending on how fast you were going, I imagine a goose would go right through the windshield. Hopefully safety glass would protect you.

It was such a funny story, tho!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: May 6th, 2003 10:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! I thought it was pretty darn funny too. (:
figure_skater From: figure_skater Date: May 5th, 2003 03:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
I would have ducked too! Glad that you and the geese are okay!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: May 6th, 2003 07:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! I didn't see any geese today...maybe they're all in hiding.

Cool icon.
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