It looks like it is mid-step, but it is not. It has been standing just like this for more than five minutes. An unlikely flamingo in the dry gravel lake that is my driveway.
I have never seen a goose do this. It is taking a nap standing up – see the tucked head! That goes with lying down, not standing up! And this goose wants to nap while standing on one leg. Monica says she has seen some geese do this at night, sleeping on one leg. Austin’s theory is that in a cold climate, a goose would sleep one-legged so that the other foot gets to stay warm. Dangling below the feathers?
I took the photo two weeks ago and have been trying to make sense of it ever since. Every element reveals a topsy-turvy world. I finally decided that this little scene just shows me my capacity to be surprised.
After journeying through the planes of pure contentment, the traveler cometh to THE VALLEY OF WONDERMENT and is tossed in the oceans of grandeur, and at every moment his wonder groweth.Baha’u’llah, The Seven Valleys, p. 31
FARM and community NEWS
Our community’s dear Pandit Varun died unexpectedly last week. His funeral was yesterday. He was deeply loved by all because of his constant loving service to everyone. Isa isa.
Austin’s chickens are more popular than ever. I have heard him taking so many calls and saying, “Sorry, they are all sold out, but don’t worry. More will be hatching on Wednesday.” That hatch, yesterday, is all gone today except for two chicks. “I should have just given away those last two chicks,” he told me. Yep.
Kiki, age eight, is really active wanting to learn and do everything. He will be launching his own weekly blog soon: KEITH DOT FUN. It will be at < keithdotfun.wordpress.com > and will probably go live on Sunday.
Just today, the lamb guy showed up again with two pair of lambs to trade with Austin for two pair of geese. Both ewes are pregnant, according to Austin, and both males are “substandard” – and thus to be sold ASAP. Austin’s hoping for another good male.
It’s getting to be winter and we’ve gotten into the coconut freeze at night again. Soon we’ll be closing our windows.
And now for the news everyone has been waiting for: Monica had her baby on 26 March, a beautiful girl we are calling JoyceLee.
Today is the first day of the Bahá’í month of Jalál which means “Glory”
The 13th day of Jalál (20 April) is a Holy Day, the first day of the 12-day Ridván Festival, which you can read about at this cute CBC kids page: https://www.cbc.ca/kidscbc2/the-feed/get-ready-for-the-king-of-festivals#:~:text=Ridvan%20celebrates%20the%20beginning%20of,was%20the%20Messenger%20of%20God.
See you all in 19 days, I hope. God bless!