This comes from Elaine today in response to my brother's comments on the geese.
The Goose Story
Next fall, when you see Geese heading South for the Winter, flying along in
V formation, you might consider what science has discovered as to why they fly
that way: as each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird
immediately following. By flying in V formation the whole flock adds at lease
71% greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own. (People who share a
common direction and sense of community can get where they are going more quickly
and easily because they are traveling on the thrust of one another.)
When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and
resistance of trying to go it alone and quickly gets back into formation to take
advantage of the lifting power of the bird in front. (If we have as much sense
as a goose, we will stay in formation with those who are headed the same way we
When the Head Goose gets tired, it rotates back in the wing and another
goose flies point. (It is sensible to take turns doing demanding jobs with
people or with geese flying South.)
Geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.
(What do we say when we honk from behind?)
Finally, and this is important, when a goose gets sick, or is wounded by
gunshots and falls out of formation, two other geese fall out with that goose
and follow it down to lend help and protection. They stay with the fallen goose
until it is able to fly, or until it dies. Only then do they launch out on
their own,or with another formation to catch up with their group. (If we have
the sense of a goose, we will stand by each other like that)_
Elaine continues: I know that you feel the lift from all those people who are giving you
love. Your brother saw geese in the sky when he was thinking of your parents.
They are part of the community lifting you up.
Thank you, Dear Community. I feel quite buoyed and light in my
flight to see new climates and worlds, both within and