I’m sitting at my pond on this frosty spring morning. The sun has been up for an hour or so. All is quiet and nothing is moving. A peaceful time. A time for deep thinking or no thinking at all.
And then I hear it, coming from the south, the sound of geese flying. But the sound is not right. The usual call of geese flying this time of year is one of joy, at least it sounds that way to me. The geese are returning from their winter haunts to the North, to start new families, see old friends (I think that’s what they do), and explore familiar territory.
The sound I hear is a sorrowful sound. Soon I hear its source, one lone Canada goose, flying low and calling a sound I've not heard before. The goose flies low over my pond, constantly calling. Has this lone goose lost its mate (Canada geese mate for life) and is searching for it? Is this lone goose, injured and not able to keep up with the rest of the flock, which has flown on without it?
Soon the lone goose disappears over the tree line to the north, and a bit later the sound disappears as well. As quiet returns to my pond, I continue to think about this lone Canada goose, calling so plaintively, and I wonder about its fate, as I wonder about all who are lonely in this world.
THE OLD TIMER SAYS: There is much to learn sitting quietly by a pond.
Tuesday, April 7, 6:30. Heritage Hill Museum, Green Bay. Garden Wisdom
Tuesday, April 14, 7:00 p.m. Friends of Eau Claire Library. Eau Claire, WI. Stories from the land.
Sunday, April 19, 7:00 p.m. Lebanon Historical Society, Lebanon Community center. Stories from the land.
Monday, April 20, Noon. Fox Valley Book Festival, UW-Fox Valley. Whispers and Shadows
Wednesday, April 22, 6:30 Patterson Memorial Library, Wild Rose. Mid-Wisconsin Launch of Whispers and Shadows. Fundraiser for the library.
Friday, April 24, 8:00 p.m. Ice Age Trail Org. Wis. Dells, Winter Green Resort. Old Farm
Tuesday, April 28, 6:30 Black River Falls Library, Sky Line Golf Course. Stories from the land
Purchase Jerry’s DVDS and his Books from the Patterson Memorial Library in Wild Rose, Wisconsin (a fund raiser for them):
The library now has available signed copies of Jerry’s DVDs, Emmy Winner, A Farm Winter with Jerry Apps and Jerry Apps A Farm Story.
Also available are several of Jerry’s signed books including The Quiet Season (on which the DVD A Farm Winter is based), as well as Rural Wit and Wisdom and Old Farm, (which are related to the DVD Jerry Apps a Farm Story). Also available is Jerry’s new novel, The Great Sand Fracas of Ames County.
Contact the library for prices and special package deals.
Patterson Memorial Library
500 Division Street