One of the side benefits of spring arriving at our house is that we are lucky enough to have a little park with a lake right across the street from our house. That means we have lots of opportunity for unstructured play in a (somewhat) natural environment. And in Alberta, a lake in the spring time means ducks… and lots and lots of Canada Geese. We happened to run into our neighbours outside that afternoon, and their son, who was born only a few days after Declan, wanted to come down to see the goose with us.
Now, I know that bread isn’t the healthiest thing for ducks and geese, so hopefully we won’t be making a regular thing of going down and feeding them. But for today, it was a great way to get some very close interaction with our friendly neighbourhood goose. Declan wasn’t so happy to say good-bye when our bread all ran out. We’ve made a few trips back down to the lake to visit his goose. He really gets a kick out of watching them swim around and do their little ducky things, cleaning their feathers, diving under the water searching for food, and just generally being a fellow living creature. I wish we had more time in our evenings to just be out there and hang out as a family, especially with the long, long evenings we’re blessed with here in Edmonton.