Crossing Against the Light

One of the things most people don’t know about the part of south Jersey where The Curmudgeon lives is that it’s filled with swampy, marshy wetlands. It’s something you just don’t notice when you’re only passing through on a major highway or road.

And where you have wetlands you have ducks and you have geese – especially geese. The geese are everywhere. The first time The Curmudgeon saw geese outside the window of his home he didn’t even recognize the baby geese as geese at all. A city boy, he thought he was looking at some kind of prairie dog until he spotted the adult geese nearby.

geeseGeese are well-organized and fearless. They travel in groups, apparently families, and when they’re walking, there’s one adult leading the pack, one pulling up the rear, one or two off to the side supervising, and a parade of children walking single file – sort of like the Von Trapp family, only substitute a goose’s honk for Captain Von Trapp’s whistle.

As for fearless, when the geese want to cross the road, the geese cross the road. They don’t care what road and they don’t care what time of day and they don’t care how much traffic, they cross. At least three times in the past week The Curmudgeon has sat behind the wheel of his car, including once on a major road, watching and waiting while a single-file line of geese cross the road. Honking at them doesn’t help. Revving your engine doesn’t help. Driving up to them and acting like you might run them over doesn’t help. They’re simply determined to do what they want when they want it and they don’t care what you think.

It’s hard not to sit behind the wheel of your idling car and just smile.

And if The Curmudgeon had it to do all over again, he thinks he’d name this site the title of this particular commentary: “Crossing Against the Light.” He loves the idea.

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  • Barb  On August 1, 2015 at 11:36 pm

    lol I enjoy when this happens. Wish I’d thought to write about it!

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