"Animals are not brethren, they are not underlings;
they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time. "
— Henry Beston
In the spring of 2001, someone abandoned a flock of six domestic China White Geese at a dam along the Charles River near my home. It was not until September that I began to notice their presence on a regular basis. They had joined a flock of Canada Geese and had learned to fend for themselves, surviving on a diet of grass; duckweed and the baked goods people fed them. As a frequent visitor to this scenic part of the Charles, I began to feed and befriend the flock. After the terrible events of September 11th, their beauty and innocence were comforting.