I'll Tell You A Secret: Conquering Fears

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


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.

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