When the novelty wears off
When the mated Canada Geese pair first arrived, people at work went nuts. I mean nuts! They were chattering and speculating about every minute detail of the wild geese activities. They had their cameras out taking pictures, set off alarms running through corridors to peer out into the courtyard to see them, and otherwise acted themselves as “silly geese”. And there was a lot to see including warring with invading geese who may or may not have wanted the courtyard territory for themselves.
As the months passed, the novelty of the little family seemed to wear off. The single gosling offspring was growing larger and when he lost his beautiful yellow fluff, well, some people lost interest. It may have seemed to some that the geese just went about their business in the same way every day, but that’s not what I saw. The best way to explain it is in a quote I recently read by the author Henry Miller: “The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.”
“Indescribably magnificent” is how I saw the noble, sensitive, caring and lovable Canada Geese.