A Christmas Story

By | December 15, 2008


This will not be a normal Capability Development post. It concerns an event that recently took place that I would like to share.

I live on Lake Norman in Duluth, Georgia which has a typical migrating population of Canadian geese. In late spring of this year, we saw that a goose had become entangled in a nylon “wire” on a property across the inlet from our home.

Racing across the way, we found that the goose had repeatedly wrapped the nylon around his wing. It was wound so tightly that we used wire cutters to remove the wire. The wing was badly damaged and probably broken.

Over the next month we realized the goose would be unable to fly. We endearingly named him Gimp Goose.

We wondered what would happen when the urge to migrate called out. Since geese mate for life, what would happen between the mating pair? During early summer the flock left for their summer home. They left, including Gimp Goose’s mate. Gimp Goose, unable to follow, became a permanent resident of Lake Norman.

Throughout the summer Gimp Goose lived a solitary existence with no other Canadian Geese in sight. Gimp Goose tried to hang with the six white ducks that live here, but they never quite “bonded”.

Jump to the second week of December. My wife just happened to be out in the yard when she heard a flock of geese honking as they began to land in the lake. The migrant geese were returning to their winter home. One of the geese took a beeline to Gimp Goose. Gimp Goose took a beeline to her. They both began to croon, began to sway their necks, swam to each other, and continued dancing and honking. They did this for almost fifteen minutes.

After a long summer, she was back. Gimp Goose’s mate was back. It has been three days since they reunited and they have been inseparable.

In the grand scheme of things this is a inconsequential event but for us, it has become a touching Christmas story.

Here’s to reuniting with someone you care for during this Holiday Season!

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