A man’s wife has more power over him than the state has. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, Journals (American essayist and poet)
“C’mon, dear. It’s time to go.”
Mister glances around and pins a stern eye on his lady.
“Perhaps you didn’t hear me, my sweet. I said, Let’s go.”
Complete silence. Refusal to make eye contact. And positively no inclination to move from the sun-warmed parking lot.
(See for yourselves:)
Mister is not used to having his authority questioned. He blinks a few times and gives a little shake of his majestic head.
“What? You’re not going?” he asks. “Is that what you said, darling?”
Missus turns her attention to her feathers, which she picks at. She settles deeper into the pavement and turns from Mister, who’s making a spectacle of himself.
It’s a busy shopping mall, and the lunch hour traffic is heavy. People with only an hour off during their workday must hurry if there’s something they need to pick up.
The last thing they have time for is a bickering pair of Canada geese.
Mister sees that and frets.
“Look, my love, there are cars all over the place. I can’t stand the thought of you getting hit…or watching while they scrape you up off the pavement.”
Missus remains calm. People spy her on her concrete throne and steer a clear berth. Some even offer her a smile.
But Mister is becoming frantic. He bellows and honks, his loud voice extending like a siren. He flaps his immense wings and does a dance of sorts.
“This isn’t funny, honey. Get up NOW and let’s go.”
Missus continues to preen and ignore him.
Eventually Mister resorts to what most females consider the magic word.
“There’s a sale over at Dick’s,” he urges. “I wanted to be first in line, but you can see there’s already a crowd beating us to the doors.”
When his mate still doesn’t move, Mister realizes her stubbornness is what piqued his interest in the first place. She’s not going to move until she‘s ready, so he gives up.
“All right, then. We’re in this thing for life, so I’ll stay here with you. But don’t you think we should move closer to some water?”
Note: Canada Geese are fascinating creatures and are found year round across the northern tier of the United States.