Thursday, 24 September 2009

Geese gotta fly

As the year rolls past the equinox in this part of the world, you may hear a peculiar sound like someone cleaning a window. That's your clue to look up and see the lop-sided "V" of Canada geese heading south.

Each morning the long bus-ride to younger daughter's school takes us past the southern edge of the enormous Experimental Farm that sits near the centre of the Ottawa-Carlton area. These days, the fields are filled with breakfasting geese. As we passed a huge flock this morning, two geese flew in graceful figure eights above, and, as if there had been a signal, several dozen suddenly took off to join them. They seemed to circle wildly; one geese nosed up like a jet plane, realized he was alone and swung back. The bus proceeded down Baseline before we could see if the "V" emerged.

Another sign of the equinox is that the sun rises directly in line with our kitchen window and sets opposite our living room window, revealing how long it's been since I washed the windows. Probably since the last equinox. But having the sun lined up perfectly east-west also guides me in which direction to gaze today. Eldest daughter left at the crack of dawn for a school trip to New York City. I spent the afternoon tracking the progress of her bus on the Google maps, and this evening, I searched out web-cams of Broadway and pictures of Ellen's Stardust Diner where her group had dinner tonight before trotting off to the Gershwin Theatre to see Wicked, the perfect musical for adolescent and just-post-adolescent girls. She gets to see two more Broadway shows, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and a host of other things before returning late Sunday. I try to content myself with gazing out from interminable bus-rides at the unusually lush Green Belt this early autumn coming after a wet summer. Oh, if I had wings...

4 comments:

omchelsea said...

I love your comment header :) and the google-stalking!

Persephone said...

Thanks for looking in, omchelsea. I saw your picture and said, "Oooh, a princess!". I took a quick look at your Blogger profile and have a suggestion for your book resolution: try Goodreads.com; it's a painless way of keeping track of what you read and what you think of it.

bonnie-ann black said...

hope ED is having a good time; only teenagers could enjoy Ellen's -- it's sort of like Jeckyll and Hyde, or Planet Hollywood, or Hard Rock, or Mars 2120... very raucous and loud with lots of "memorabilia" and overpriced mediocre food. Wicked is, i hear, a fun time at the theatre.

Persephone said...

She had a fabulous time, b.a.b., and loved Ellen's Diner. Well, Monica from Friends worked there, after all...

We saw Wicked in Ottawa last year. Elder daughter was quite offended that I didn't like it as much as she did. No one could like it as much as she did. I thought it was fine, but my adolescence is long gone.