It really doesn’t make much difference whether you’re a human dad or a Canada Goose dad … there are similar dilemmas, exasperating or even cringe-worthy moments. If you’re a dad, yep … I can see you shaking your head in agreement.
But … wait a minute. The way I see it, unless you are blessed with multiple offspring at birth, Papa Goose has it far worse than you ever did. Imagine dealing with a lot of ornery offspring at the same time.
The father figure always protects his young’uns.
It was a bright-and-sunny morning in late May at Council Point Park. As I rounded the bend, through the bushes and trees, I noticed there were two Canada Geese families grazing and resting on the grassy slope near the cement ledge. We usually have three or four families that make their debut in early May – at this point there had been only one sighting for Spring 2021 and that family was paddling down the Ecorse Creek. Among the walkers we thought this lack of youngsters was unusual – where were all the proud parents parading their goslings down the perimeter path? Even though we deal with goose histrionics, including that bright-pink tongue wagging and hissing, a whole lot of wing flapping and copious amounts of goose poop, in general, we walkers love to ooh and aah over those fuzzy, lemon-colored babies once they arrive.
But I digressed … back to the loosy goosies.
They grow up so quickly!
Where do the years weeks go anyway?
Happy Father’s Day from the geese and goslings at Council Point Park and me!
This is my first blog and I enjoy writing each and every post immensely. I started a walking regimen in 2011 and decided to create a blog as a means of memorializing the people, places and things I see on my daily walks. I have always enjoyed people watching, and so my blog is peppered with folks I meet, or reflections of characters I have known through the years. Often something piques my interest, or evokes a pleasant memory from my memory bank, so this becomes a “slice o’ life” blog post that day. I respect and appreciate nature and my interaction with Mother Nature’s gifts is also a common theme. Sometimes the most-ordinary items become fodder for points to ponder over and touch upon. My career has been in the legal field and I have been a legal secretary for four decades, primarily working in downtown Detroit, and now working from my home. I graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in print journalism in 1978, though I’ve never worked in that field. I like to think this blog is the writer in me finally emerging!! Walking and writing have met and shaken hands and the creative juices are flowing once again in Walkin’, Writin’, Wit & Whimsy – hope you think so too. - Linda Schaub