Yesterday I saw a lone Canada goose in the middle of the day, honking non-stop as it flew across the sky. Seeing geese fly is one of my favorite sights and normally brings a smile to my face. Not this time. It saddened me. I believe most geese mate for life. This one seemed so lonely as it called out for companionship. I felt for that bird, as I have experienced such times.

A few minutes ago, a pair of geese flew low over me, honking away. It may have just been my imagination, but their honks seemed happier to me than the sound I heard the day before. I have no way of knowing as to whether one of them was the lone goose from yesterday, but I like to think it is.

Perhaps they flew over me today to let me know they had found each other and to share the joy in their hearts.

All I know for sure is that my day is a little brighter, my heart little warmer, my smile a little larger, and my gratitude a little greater for the gifts I was given by their presence.

With Love,

About russtowne

I'm awed by the beauty of nature and the power of love and gratitude. Some of my favorite sensory experiences include waves crashing on rocky shores, waterways in ancient redwood and fern-filled forests, and rain. My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children.
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16 Responses to Gifts

  1. willowdot21 says:

    God bless the geese and God bless you for caring!

  2. Val Boyko says:

    I also feel sadness when I see a single goose …. then I tell myself to put my faith in mother nature. This is in her realm not mine.
    Thank you for caring Russ!

  3. utesmile says:

    I really do think that lone goose was in it and lots happier! It is so sweet that it made you smile and appreciate it!

  4. ksbeth says:

    this is a beautiful and caring observation, russ )

  5. I sent the lone one to say hi to you! 🙂
    Diana xo

  6. Just popped in to say HI hope you’re having a great day

  7. I’ve often wondered what these and other birds/animals that mate for life do…. when one of them dies… I’d like to think they find another but ??? Diane

  8. bulldog says:

    Russ I ask this question not to be condescending, but as a thought… does mating for life mean when a partner is lost they will not take another? Or does it mean that was a mate is taken they remain together till death does them part? There are so many of these words banded about, your “toothbrush” for example is guaranteed for life, but that is only the life of the brush. In the same likeness do they not mate for life, or till one passes and then take up another mate??? Have scientific studies been made that once one partner goes the other remains alone for the rest of its life?? Your post has me wondering this point once more, as I have asked the same question to some experts who could not answer me… I find it the same as some statements, like that wild animal can only see in B&W, how do they prove that???

  9. JanBeek says:

    You’re such a wonderful romanticist, Russ. No wonder your beloved has kept you all these years! Yes, a keeper, indeed! For life!! Unlike the bulldog, seeing is imagining and imagining is believing… no further proof needed! ❤

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