A pair of Canada geese decided our office parking lot would be a great place to raise a family. So they built a nest at the edge of the curb. Mrs. Goose laid a couple of eggs while Mr. Goose stood guard, hissing at cars and people who came too close. The sun was shining, spring was in the air, the daffodils bloomed, and the temperature climbed to a record 80°F. Global warming was in full throttle but the Goose family seemed content. That was Tuesday.

By Thursday, temperatures had plunged to the low 20’s, the wind was whistling in off Lake Erie, bringing much snow. Early that morning, the snow-plow man came to our parking lot to move the snow, so we could park our green-house gas emitting cars. Unfortunately for the Goose family, it was dark, and snowing, and snow-plow man failed to spot their family home. He pushed crushed ice and dirty snow over their nest and eggs. All that was left were a few fragments of egg shell. It was a pathetic scene that awaited the light of day.

Too much more of this global warming and Canada geese will become extinct. They can’t cope with this man-made catastrophe that is about to turn the Earth into a fireball.

Oh, it’s still snowing and it’s going to carry on through next week. T.S. Eliot wrote:

APRIL is the cruellest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.
Winter kept us warm, covering
Earth in forgetful snow, feeding
A little life with dried tubers.

April has also been the coolest month around these parts. Just when you think Winter is over, it comes back with a vengeance.