Another goose spotting:
After thinking that I’d found all the dressed goose statues in my neighborhood, I found this fowl a block from hom, on a Sunday evening walk with Clementine after a windstorm. My pooch wasn’t much interested in the goose, but I almost tripped on a fallen branch on the sidewalk while gawking.
I had to cross the street to take the picture.
I think this sweet beaked angel is plastic, but I can’t be sure; I hesitated to go onto the porch to inspect it. I do think the goose’s outfit is quite fetching, however. It must have stuffed arms…. er, wings.
Which makes me wonder why it needs angel wings.
I seriously thought this goose-dressing craze went out of fashion decades ago.
Lawn goose history:
The lawn goose first appeared in the Upper Ohio River Valley in the 1980s. A 1995 Chicago Sun Times article identifies Kentucky as the birthplace of the concrete side of the ornamental lawn goose family. A 1998 “Chicago Tribune” article suggested it began in Ohio (I was living in Ohio in 1990, and I remember them well. I thought they were hilariously absurd). Whether this fad began in Illinois, Indiana, or Ohio is debatable, but, by the 90s, dressing geese in clothing had waddled into full swing and subsequently migrated across the nation (honking the entire way, I’m sure).
Read more at The History of the Goose Lawn Ornament
The Good Luck Goose.
Another theory is that geese provided essential services and products for the early American pioneer helping to ensure their survival in the wilderness.
Geese served as an alarm for the pioneers against predatory animals and other humans. Geese are territorial. When they sense an intruder, they honk and flap their wings. They will attack anything they see as a threat.
Geese also provided a valuable service for the gardens of the pioneers as they loved to feast on invasive insects that damaged crops. Geese provided feathers for quilts, bedding and pillows. Roasted geese was a good food source. A healing balm made from geese was used to treat wounds.
So the goose as a symbol of survival and good luck was deeply ingrained in the American psyche dating back hundreds of years
Read about my other lawn goose spottings (as opposed to goose droppings) in the neighborhood
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