Of Geese and Community

When you see geese flying in a “V” formation, you might be interested in knowing what facts scientists have discovered about why they fly that way. While you read this, keep in mind how adoptive families form a community–helping each other, often without the benefit of ever having met.

FACT: As each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird immediately following. By flying in a “V” formation, the whole flock adds at least 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own.
TRUTH: People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier because they are traveling on the trust of one another.

FACT: Whenever 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 immediately in front
TRUTH: There is strength and power and safety in numbers when traveling in the same direction with those with whom we share a common goal.

FACT: When the lead goose gets tired, it rotates back in the wing and another goose flies point.
TRUTH: It pays to take turns doing hard jobs.

FACT: The geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.
TRUTH: We all need to be remembered with active support and praise

FACT: When a goose gets sick or is wounded and falls out, two geese fall out of formation and follow it down to help and protect it. They stay with it until the crisis resolves, and then they launch out on their own or with another formation to catch up with their group.
TRUTH: We must stand by each other in times of need.

In our community, we are fortunate
that there are more geese than turkeys.
Let’s remember to uphold each other
and to give each other a big “honk” more often!

 Source: “Montage,” the newsletter of The Council of Adoptive Parents, Rochester, NY.  Reprinted with permission.

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