Relationships are all about boundaries. I’ve always known this to be true for humans, but this week I learned it’s the same for geese. My husband and I went to our gym a couple of days ago and upon arrival, we saw a goose standing by a landscaped area that had been marked off with a makeshift fence made of sticks and plastic. This had been erected to protect the geese’s nesting area. The goose stood guard and protected the area from intruders. One woman who walked too close to the goose got her workout pants pecked at. The boundary was set.
The next day we noticed the original boundary had been moved. Now there was a portable fence that had been erected about 10 feet closer to the doorway of the gym and there were two geese standing outside of the fence. The geese had expanded their boundary. These territorial creatures are a good reminder to me that boundaries are not only essential in a relationship, but they are also adjustable!