About a year ago, in a busy parking lot at Shady Grove Metro station, I noticed a goose sitting in the median. It seemed like she was always there when I went to park. Sometimes, there was another goose too, either next to her or nearby, on the asphalt. He cast menacing glances my way. I was like, dude, back off, I’m just trying to park right here, by this other goose. Relax.
It finally dawned on me, after a few days, that this was a mama goose, sitting on her nest of eggs! And the other goose must be the proud papa.
(I can sometimes be a slow learner. Don’t judge.)
I started posting snapshots a few times a week to my Facebook page. A friend (thanks, Marcy!) suggested I call these updates the GNN: Goose News Network. And thus, a Thing was born.
The goose sat there in the median from March into early April. She weathered snow and rain. Mama was always on the nest, and her baby-daddy (I guess?) hovered nearby. She sent him out get her food to fulfill her cravings. He dropped off her drycleaning and put gas in her car. I anthropomorphized them. I grew kind of attached. And as I shared my observations with my Facebook friends, I amassed a bit of a following.
One morning in April, I saw baby fluffy chicks! Then a day or two later – they were gone, leaving behind a down-lined crater about the size of the hole in my heart. I had grown somewhat attached to this bird family. I was concerned for their welfare – after all, they had made their home in the median of a busy parking lot. But the parents took care of their babies, and off they went.
So you can imagine how giddy I was yesterday when I noticed that mama goose was back, and big daddy was standing sentry nearby! I walked by, not too close (she hates that) but close enough to grab a quick photo:
I shared it to Facebook and quickly received many excited comments, and 100 likes. There’d have been 101 likes, though, if my mom was still around. She was quite tickled by my goose posts last year. If I went a few days without posting an update, she would ask about it.
And that’s why this year, mama goose shall be named Rosemary.
Also, since it’s a Thing again, I made a new graphic. I’ll post updates here this year, and share the link to Facebook.