Duck, Duck, Goose

There used to be a pair of white geese at Lake Sacajawea.   One of the geese had funky wings.  I’m not sure if the goose had been in some kind of an accident or what, but several feathers on each wing went the wrong way.  The goose didn’t seem to mind, though I am told it was known to attack small children, so maybe it did mind…

A few months ago, I noticed the funky-winged goose was missing.  The first time or two when I saw just one white goose, I didn’t think much of it.  I thought the other goose must be around somewhere.  But eventually I realized that the funky-winged goose was… no longer with us.  And I felt bad for the other goose, now all alone.

But the other goose is no longer singing, “O Solo Mio.”  In fact, the other goose has a whole new family.  Mother Goose, as I now call her, seems to have adopted a brood of ducklings.  Not only that, but she seems to be co-parenting with a mother duck.  Now, I’m no water fowl expert, but the number of ducklings seem to out number the number of ducklings any one duck would have.  Which leads to me to believe that Mother Duck had her own babies, then some other babies became orphaned (I try not to think about the particulars of how that might have happened) and Mother Goose adopted them and somehow Mothers Duck and Goose joined forces.

Sometimes nature has a way of reminding what it means to be humane.  It doesn’t matter to the ducklings that Mother Goose is indeed a goose and not a duck, much less their mother.  Doesn’t matter to Mother Goose that the ducklings are not her babies.  And Mother Duck doesn’t mind hanging out with someone else’s babies and a goose.  They’re just all one big happy family regardless of the differences that might otherwise keep them apart.  Isn’t that what family is about?  Isn’t that what church is about?

Here you can see Mother Duck, as well as Mother Goose and the gang…

Mother Goose and her ducklings. Thanks to Barb Berger for providing the pics!

About revmeghandavis

Former theatre professional turned pastor, now living the life in my first call as Minster of Word and Sacrament in the PC(USA) in Longview, Washington. I'm a certified yoga instructor and teach Christian yoga at my church. In my spare time (ha!) I run, garden, perform in community theatre productions and watch entirely too much TV (most of which is too embarrassing to name).
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2 Responses to Duck, Duck, Goose

  1. joann28 says:

    The whole sisters are back! I’ve missed you! (Or has FB been assuming I wasn’t interested. hmm. Must check the “recent posts.”)

    This is an amazing, wonderful, preachable story! Thanks, Meghan.

  2. Thanks, JoAnn. We’ve all be on a bit of a hiatus with the blog. I hope to be more consistent going forward but make no promises. 🙂 Pictures of Mothers Goose, Duck and their babies just added…

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