The Parable of the Imposter Geese Family


In our neighborhood (retention) pond, there came to live a pair of geese this past winter.

This pair of geese then had three baby geese. This pair of geese then raised their three baby geese in our neighborhood throughout the spring and by mid summer, there resided in our community, a family of five fully grown geese.

Over the course of these few short seasons, we had come to know, love, and fully support this geese family. We all took turns offering food assistance and there was an understood (gentleman’s) agreement that this particular family of geese was to be considered residents of the Lakeside Townhomes subdivision–all rights hereto appertaining and homeowner association fees waived–until they could get on their little webbed feet. All this kindness why? Well, for no reason other than (having intimately observed and coexisted with them in their little geese world over time) this neighborhood came to freek’n adore that particular family of geese.

Well, long story short, on July 16th, 2010, our worlds were turned upside down by the unprecedented sighting of not one, but two, families of exactly five geese wobbling the mean streets of Misty View…and it gets worse…

There was absolutely no way to distinguish our dearly beloved family from the new kids on the block- the alien from the understood- the foreign from the familiar- the unknown from the well known. We were, as a community, overcome by feelings of resentment, confusion, and doubt.

Our choice, however discomforting, was (ultimately) simple and straightforward enough. We could either extend equal love and consideration for both families–knowing full well that one of these geese families was brand new on our block and in our tiny little worlds (in other words, without ever knowing for certain which we had shared the original two seasons worth of memories with)–OR we could continue on by treating both with that same (initial) sense of distance, distrust, and suspicion we had wanted to greet the intruders with.

Well, needless to say, there are currently two families of five geese residing in the Lakeside Townhomes subdivision free of charge and until further notice.

In hindsight, I’m pleased to report the whole process of Othering the new kids on the block was, in fact, unnecessarily taxing and without just cause. A little time and logic later revealed the only most rational choice to have ever made was to love both families of geese–and all of creation, for that matter– equally.


One Response to “The Parable of the Imposter Geese Family”

  1. carebear said

    aww! I saw those guys with you one morning, remember? they’re cute.

    this could be a children’s book. and then it could be adapted into a screenplay. gonna need a more gripping climax though. someone in the neighborhood flips out and shoots one of the geese, thinking it’s from the ‘new’ family, but then somehow you find out it’s one of the old ones. or maybe just have someone TRY to shoot it, so it isn’t too heavy on the kids. but then the bullet just lightly grazes its tail feathers. in the end, your HOA somehow ousts that neighbor on account of unnecessary violence and… failure to pay property taxes.

    I know that kinda ruins the story… but this is hollywood, marebear.

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