I was out walking around my favorite local lake the other night and happened upon a flock of ducks,2 adult ducks, 6 new ducklings and a 1 big fat white goose. Shortly after I was joined by a Dad and his two young sons. We all watched in silence for a few minutes as the ducklings ate at the fresh dewy grass as their parents stood a few feet away. Every time one little duck would stray the big white goose would swoop around it like a sheep herder and if you got too close it would flap his wings and hiss at you.
I walked away with the father and his two young sons trailing close behind and overheard their curious questions as we both made our way around the lake path.
"Dad, why is that one white, is she the Queen?" said the boy.
"It's a boy, it's a King!" said his older brother.
"It's neither. He is just a different kind of bird. They are ducks and he is a goose and he lives here with them all. He just thinks he's a duck."
"Did someone leave him here?" asked the older boy.
"Ya because he' s different than all the rest. Is there something wrong with him Dad?" his brother added.
"No there is nothing wrong with him, he is no better or worse than the others. He is just different than them. But he doesn't know he is any different. And they don't let him think otherwise. That's important in life, letting people be people. Let a dog think it's a goldfish, who cares? I'd like to see that actually. Anyway boys,you should always be true to yourself and never stand in the way of someone being true to themselves."
"Can we get ice cream?"