I'll Tell You A Secret: Conquering Fears

| 7/8/2011 8:37:26 AM

Tags: sebastopol geese, Mountain Woman,


A Red Pine Mountain LogoDo you have a secret fear?  Does it have to do with animals?  Are you afraid if you tell anyone they'll think your silly?  Then perhaps this post is for you.

Here's my secret. I’m terrified of geese. No, I don't dislike them.  I'm just plain terrified of them.  Show me a goose and I'll start heading in the other direction as quickly as possible.  How did this fear start?  Want to learn how I conquered it?  Then grab a cup of coffee, and I'll tell you how I got over my fear.

As a 4 year old, I used to love going to the park to feed the geese and the ducks with my Dad. I was animal crazy even back then, and in my 4 year old world, all animals loved me as much as I loved them. I was fearless of running up to geese who were almost my size. Until one day.

As I approached the water, I was excited to see some adorable baby goslings. Oh, I wanted to pet them, hug them, show them how much I loved them. 

But as I approached the fluff balls, a big old Canadian goose came running at me.  I wasn't scared.  No, not then.  I thought she wanted bread.  I stood there saying "Here goosie, goosie" and she came flying and took a huge chunk right out of my leg.  Owww, it hurt. I ran screaming to safety and have never wanted anything to do with geese since then. No, nothing.  Keep those mean old geese away from me.

mountain woman
7/18/2011 9:46:57 AM

Cindy, Thanks for sharing your geese experience. I've discovered many people have had run ins with these creatures. I'm glad I'm getting the opportunity to raise these goslings and it's definitely fun. Thanks so much for visiting me!

cindy murphy
7/10/2011 10:13:22 PM

What cute, fuzzy little goslings; I'm glad you got over your fear of them, Mountain Woman. I'm not afraid of geese, exactly, but do give them a wide berth when I'm near them. I had a similar incident to yours, but I was a teenager and I didn't actually get bitten. My friend lived on a lake that was a stop for migrating Canadian geese. We were feeding them one day, ran out of food, and the geese didn't understand that there were no more free handouts. They surrounded me, actually, advancing closer and closer, being all noisy and argumentative. Fortunately, my friend had a doberman, and her Mom let the dog out just in time - she of course, burst out of the door, and bounded across the yard, causing the geese to take flight. I'm not sure they would have bitten me, or were just curious, but I remember feeling almost a panic when I found myself completely encircled by geese, and the horrible noise they made sent chills down my spine. Wild creatures though, are different from domesticated ones, and I'm sure you and your Sebastols will have wonderful experiences together. Enjoy your day!

mountain woman
7/10/2011 2:03:54 PM

Thanks Dave. I'm so glad you understand about big old scary geese. Glad you had the tree handy because ouch, they hurt when they bite! Thanks as well for your kind comments.

mountain woman
7/10/2011 1:27:31 PM

Nebraska Dave, I share your fears! I'm also terrified of snakes. Had them all over South Carolina, huge poisonous things that would curl up at the door. Terror! Here we have tons of snakes but they are harmless and just doing their job in our fields. I'll even take pictures of them and they are happy to pose but I don't get too close. Like you, I'm terrified of public speaking. Maybe that's why I write? Thanks so much for sharing your fears with me. Helps to know I'm not the only one.

dave larson
7/10/2011 12:48:01 PM

Hi MW, Loved the goose story. I share half of it with you. When I was about 9 years old, I visited a friends farm. They had geese. I was a stranger and the "bull goose looney" knew I was some kind of ogre about to kill his flock. Fortunately, there was an old apple tree with branches a kid could reach so I avoided damage to anything other than my composure. What a great way you've chosen to overcome early fears and create yet another outlet for being close to natural life. Love your blogs!!!

mountain woman
7/10/2011 6:30:45 AM

Tanya, Congratulations on naming the Sebastopols. What great names you thought of. I think Sebastopols are going to come down in price fairly quickly. Have you thought about purchasing hatching eggs? I found quite a few for sale earlier on Ebay but with my luck I knew they wouldn't hatch for me. Thanks so much for visiting my blog and congratulations on your win.

nebraska dave
7/8/2011 8:42:47 PM

MW, lets what am I afraid of. That's a good question. I guess it would be snakes. They just look evil and scary. I don't even care if they are not poisonous. I don't like them. Never did. Never will. I just don't understand why folks have them as pets. They sure aren't cuddly or fuzzy. I really haven't had to deal with snakes much in my life so that's just fine with me. Another thing that gets my knees to knocking is speaking in front of people. I'm somewhat past that fear but I still don't like it. I hated giving speeches in high school and didn't do very well. My wife was the debate team queen in high school so she was the talker of the family and I let her. When she passed on that left me with the requirement to talk to people. Over the course of the last ten years I have changed and am able to keep up with conversations now. Have a great overcoming fears day.

tanya goldsmith
7/8/2011 3:19:03 PM

Oh I have wanted Sebastopols for a long time.they remind me of curly French poodles. I actually won an autographed copy of P Allen Smith's latest book because on his Facebook page he had a contest to name his two new Sebastopols. Yep he chose my names Goosandra and Gooseppi. they are quite pricey though so I will enjoy my ducks and chicks and pretty pictures of other peoples Sebastopols!

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