How could I be so lucky to have spotted another dressed goose lawn statue! I found this fowl lawn statue a block from home, 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 goose is plastic, but I can’t be sure; I feared it was intrusive enough to stand on the sidewalk and take a picture, so I wasn’t about to go onto the porch to actually inspect the goose. I do think the goose’s outfit is quite fetching, however. It must have stuffed arms and hands…. er, wings.
Maybe I could use my writing credentials to interview the owners, ask them what compels them to dress their goose, how often they change their goose’s clothes, where they shop for their goose outfits…. Could be fun. I seriously thought this goose-dressing craze went out of fashion decades ago.
Post-script after research: 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
Linda K. Sienkiewicz is the author of the award-winning novel In the Context of Love, a story about one woman’s need to tell the truth without shame.
2016 Sarton Women’s Fiction Finalist
2016 Eric Hoffer Book Award Finalist
2016 Readers’ Favorite Finalist
2016 USA Book News Best Book Finalist
2015 Great Midwest Book Fest Honorable Mention.
“…at once a love story, a cautionary tale, and an inspirational journey.” ~ Bonnie Jo Campbell, author of National Book Award Finalist, American Salvage, and critically acclaimed Once Upon a River,and Mothers, Tell Your Daughters