Tuesday, February 01, 2011

How To Make A Memory


Father and daughter... with a gaggle of geese brandishing bountiful backsides.
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"They say that from the instant he lays eyes on her, a father adores his daughter. Whoever she grows up to be, she is always to him that little girl in pigtails. She makes him feel like Christmas. In exchange, he makes a secret promise not to see the awkwardness of her teenage years, the mistakes she makes or the secrets she keeps." ~ Anonymous
On a cool winter's day we find a young daughter and her dad roaming around the park. It is a gathering place for all types of water birds, including a large noisy gaggle of geese. The child is entranced by these fat and fluffy fowl who flirt with shaking stubby tail feathers and honk harmoniously, all the while trying to be the dominate diva of the group. The little girl can't stand it; she has to grab a bunch of those feathers and wrap her arms around at least one of those waddling bodies to feel the softness. Perhaps she has a stuffed duck or goose at home or maybe her dad has read her The Ugly Duckling or the rhyme Old Mother Goose:
Old Mother Goose,
When she wanted to wander,
Would ride through the air
On a very fine gander.
Of course, it is most likely the fact that she is a child.. who is curious and who wants to touch those lovely white feathers. So she takes off and a toddle run with her protective father right behind. The geese do not seem to fear this tiny tot... why should they? She is barely taller than they are and these geese are used to being admired by human children and fed by adults. She has no food, so they simply march away in an unhurried fashion, fanning out and away, keeping just out of reach of her wistful hands.

The child may not remember this day when she grows up... but her father will.

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Two 4 Tuesday: Adult ~ Child

7 comments:

sandra said...

i have not seen friendly geese, most of them are anti humans and i have seen them attack, i would not let my child go into them, they terrify me. i have been chased by honking geese and attacked by a turkey gobbler. the photo is wonderful and i like it, but it scared me silly when i saw it. maybe these are tame like our ducks and flamingos at jungle gardens. i hope

Ginny Hartzler said...

I'm actually crying now! You are an excellent writer, and drew me in from the beginning. But not just the sory of what you saw, your personal take on it, so affecting and BEAUTIFUL!!! You ROCK!

Annie said...

What a tender moment and so well expressed.  My thanks to my friend, Ginny, for pointing me in your direction.

Becky said...

Thanks for stopping by. I love your post with the geese, and the father and daughter. It is just a perfect picture.
You can find more info on the Orchid in my post  here. http://www.orchidweb.com/OrchidOfWeek.aspx?ID=484 I have a small greenhouse attached to my livingroom, and the night time temps reach 60 deg. during the winter which helps to bring on flowering. Just remember not to water the orchid too much, and make sure the plant is in the proper Orchid medium, not soil..This particular Orchid is very easy to grow. Good luck and enjoy... :*

Becky said...

Thanks for stopping by. I love your post with the geese, and the father and daughter. It is just a perfect picture.
You can find more info on the Orchid in my post  here. http://www.orchidweb.com/OrchidOfWeek.aspx?ID=484 I have a small greenhouse attached to my livingroom, and the night time temps reach 60 deg. during the winter which helps to bring on flowering. Just remember not to water the orchid too much, and make sure the plant is in the proper Orchid medium, not soil..This particular Orchid is very easy to grow. Good luck and enjoy... :*

Beverly said...

Such a sweet photo.  It's for sure that many memories are made with little ones...even for grammies.

Michelle said...

What a lovely photo....time passes so quickly..thank goodness for our memories