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Goose Attack!

By Ken Pierpont

I have always loved Canadian Geese.  I think they are beautiful birds.  I love to stand outside on a cool autumn evening and listen to them honk by low overhead.  I love to see their silhouette pass before an autumn moon. 

A few weeks ago we were in the Upper Pennensula at our Northwoods Conference Center.  Every morning I ran the four-mile route around the lake.  I always kept alert for wildlife while I ran through the woods.  One morning I saw some Canadian Geese ahead of me on a land bridge.  I thought they would retreat as I approached.  There were three or four of them.  All but one of them made way for me, but one circled around beside me and began to hiss. 

Unfortunately I was unable to communicate my admiration for him.  At first he hissed and charged at me with his head low.  Then flapped his large wings and flew at me about face-high.   His wing span was at least four of five feet.  I was a little to busy fleeing for my life to get and accurate measurement.

It was a little scary.  Up close he was a very big bird and even though I am at least a hundred and sixty pounds heaver I don't have the advantage of flight.  I went through a series of threatening gyrations and guttural noises calculated to intimidate the bird back into the wild.  Certain I was safely past the bird I ran on-- my adrenalin spiking my pace.  Then I saw movement in my peripheral vision and heard the hissing noise again.  I turned and the angry goose was flying at me again about face-high.  By the time I was a safe distance away my heart was racing from the encounter. 

Running is a wonderfully solitary thing.  You are alone with your thoughts and mine were troubled.  I respect and admire geese.  I consider them beautiful creatures of God.  But in one of my only encounters up close I was attacked like an enemy.   I was not sure why. 

When I came home I did some research to understand what my goose friend was so angry about.    That's when I realized that he didn't understand me and I didn't understand him.  I was harmless but he saw me as a threat.  They say the males stand guard over the nest.  He was protecting his family.  If he knew me he would have realized that is a quality I admire.  Geese mate for life, another admirable quality.  He had no way of knowing that I was no threat.  I was a friend who was excited to see them.

It reminded me of the angry people I have known.  We all have angry people in our lives.  We always will.  They are often people to who will have a profound influence in our lives.  Sometimes they are in our own family.  They are people who's influence upon us will still be felt long after they are gone.  The twist is that angry people are often people that we like and admire.  But for whatever reason, fear or misunderstanding, they wouldn't let people get close to them. 

I try not to let that discourage me from seeing the admirable qualities in people or their potential when God is at work in them.  They say people who hurt others are hurting people.  I don't intend to change my mind about geese or angry people even if they are hard to get close to. 

[If you are interested here is an informative site on Canadian Geese:]

Ken Pierpont

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Ken Pierpont is the Director of the Riverfront Character Inn and International Conference Center in Flint, Michgian.  He and his wife Lois have four sons and four daughters.  Ken sends the Stonebridge Newsletter, a free weekly electronic newsletter, to almost 5,000 subscribers every Monday morning.  You can visit his site or e-mail Ken at



Thought For The Day:

"Authority without wisdomis like a heavy axe without an edge, fitter to bruise than polish."--Anne Bradstreet

Verse for the Day:

"A ruler who lacks understanding is...a great opressor. --Proverbs 28:16 AMP

Kid's Thought for the Day:

"Milk tastes a lot better through a straw."

Parent's Thought For The Day

"You know that having a baby has drastically changed your life when you and your husband go on a date to Wal-Mart on double coupon day."--Linda Fiterman

Coach's Thought For The Day

"You cannot serve a team water with a pitchfork."

Writer's Thought For The Day:

"Don't think it, ink it." --Mark Victor Hansen

Deep Thought For The Day:

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