Stratford has several parks in town and one of them has a pond where people feed the ducks on a regular basis. In fact, this pond was one of the first places that Hubby showed me when I got to New Zealand.
In the 6 years that I have been here and visited the pond, there is always just one white goose among the ducks. I've seen a pair of white ducks on occasion, but never more than the one lonely goose.
I know that geese mate for life and I guess Goosy has lost his/her partner along the way. But that hasn't deterred him/her from another mate of sorts because Goosy has found a duck as a constant companion. They always swim together. You can tell they are together because the goose will protect the duck from any and all intruders.
I find much solace in this simple observation at the duck pond.
I suppose this could be a life lesson for all of us who would pay attention. If you are willing to take a chance, a true friend doesn't have to look like you.