The Sound of Geese
I just went outside to unplug the patio lights and above me I could hear the honking of geese as they flew overhead. It's funny how a sound can bring up an emotion. Living on the Canadian prairies the sound of geese in late winter is a sure sign that spring is around the corner. I love hearing the geese in the spring. I link the sound to winter melting, to crocuses blooming, greenery and warm sunny days, holidays, bonfires, star filled nights, and the happiness of gathering with family and friends. Their journey home from the warm south is an indicator that the long, cold winter will soon come to an end.
Fall will soon be upon us. I think I blinked and missed summer this year. It is only the 7th of September, and yet the geese are beginning their journey south to escape the winter. I love the sound of geese, even in the fall. But, it also means that colder weather will soon be upon us. The sound of geese in the fall reminds me of the bounty of the harvest, the smell of grain and hay fields, harvest moons, early dark, cool evenings and a feeling that I should begin to nestle in warm and cozy for the coming cold. I have marked every year of my life listening to the sound of the geese coming and going. They mark the transition from warmth to cold, to planting and reaping, to playing and resting.
Tonight is just the start. Soon the skies will fill with the sound of thousands of honking geese, flying in formation to the warm south. A heads up that it's time for those of us left behind to prepare for winter.
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