The town where I live, the town where I was born, is Lakeland, and it’s named for its many lakes. In fact, our city’s symbol is the swan. When I was a kid, I loved to go to one of our many lakes and feed the ducks. I loved the ducks… the swans, not so much! Swans are huge and aggressive, they hiss like dogs, and they bite! And believe it or not, they do have teeth.
By the time I was a teenager, feeding the ducks was a thing of the past because it was lame. Only the very young and the very old could appreciate feeding a bunch of birds.
Well, as it happens, a few months ago, I had a surplus of old bread, so I decided to take it to the lake and feed the ducks… and I loved it! It was so relaxing, and it definitely made me forget my life’s troubles for the hour or so that I was there. Since then, I’ve been collecting all the bird food I can, and I try to go feed them every week. (So, I guess I’m now among the very old and lame.)
Anyway, the last time I fed the ducks, a handsome, grey goose wandered up to me to beg for some food. The funny thing was, after I fed him, he stuck around and “posed” until I took his picture.
After that, he obviously wanted to check the camera and see how his portrait turned out.
Time to talk: Have you ever gone to a lake for no other reason but to feed birds? Have you ever had a wild animal latch onto you and try to be your new best friend?