Wednesday, March 17, 2010

A Big Fat Goose Egg

Leprechaun Wednesday
This is the story of something very strange that happened to me, and the little weirdo that I met at the nature park. I gotta tell you, it seems like something almost identical to this story happened to me about a year ago. I guess I'll never learn...

It was another quiet day at the nature park today, but it was okay because I like days like this. I thought maybe I'd go down and check out the newly thawed lake, since there didn't seem to be much other animal activity either. There weren't even any geese swimming around, so I decided to just relax and watch the water.

After awhile, I noticed the geese were all over at their nesting area, further up the lake. Usually they come over to beg for food, but they seemed strangely quiet today. I decided since they wouldn't come to me, I'd take a few pictures of them right where they were then. They wouldn't get away that easy!

As I was looking over there to decide where best to point the camera, I noticed something odd. There was a glint of the color gold in the weeds, just to the right of the geese. At first I thought nothing of it, but as I kept looking, I noticed that the gold seemed to be in the shape of an egg.

Then I started to put two and two together. The only problem was that I kept coming up with five. I remembered the story of the goose that laid the golden egg, but I knew it was only a fairy tale. Fairy tale or not though, I seemed to be looking right at a golden egg myself.

My mind started to race. I began to think to myself over and over, "Gold! Gold! GOLD!!!" I needed to climb a hill to get close to that end of the lake and the golden egg. So I ran up the hill so I could get what I now convinced myself must be an actual golden egg.

I reached my destination, and I was now standing at the top of the hill looking far down at the place where the geese were nesting. I guess I was going to have to climb down there if I was going to get what I decided was now rightfully mine. I was going to be rich!

As I began to move forward, I felt a push from behind! I now found myself tumbling all the way down this thirty foot slope. I think I landed on every tender place on me that there could be! What seemed like hours took only a few seconds, and I had bounced to a halt at the edge of the lake.

I was surprisingly unhurt. After I stood up, the first thing I did was look back up the hill to see who pushed me. It better not be a squirrel! I quickly saw that it was no squirrel. It was a little guy dressed in green that I encountered about a year ago.

As he looked down at me, he yelled, "I know what yer after! That's my gold, and you better stay away from it!" I wasn't going to take that from a runt! No leprechaun could stop me. I turned toward the golden egg, with the intention of claiming my new prize. As I looked for it again, I quickly realized that it was gone!

The geese were still there though, and they didn't look happy with me. I was done starting wars with animals a long time ago, so I turned and quickly left them in peace. I went as fast as could, right back up that hill. I was going to get that leprechaun this time!

I finally made it to the top, and I stood there trying to catch my breath. Then I saw the little jerk leprechaun standing a short distance away grinning at me. He had the egg! That egg was almost as big as him, but he held it as if it weighed nothing. He was bouncing it from one hand to the other.

I wanted to get that egg! I had to catch him and take it from him! I quickly( well, almost quickly) moved towards him, and he turned and ran! He was heading straight for the tree that he jumped into the last time I chased him. I made it in there before, so I didn't think he could escape like that. I just wish I could remember what happened after I got in there last time.

I was right behind him as he made his way toward the hole in the side of the tree! He dove in and quickly disappeared. Then I leaped towards it, knowing that I had him now, and with a loud crack I slammed head first into the side of the tree!

I laid there for a minute realizing that the cartoons are right. You really do see stars when you crack your head. I slowly sat up trying to focus my eyes. I noticed that I was several feet away from the tree, and I couldn't quite stand up yet.

As things started to come back into focus, the leprechaun came back out of the tree. I thought maybe he was going to make sure I was alright. But then he did something else. He turned away from me, dropped his pants, started laughing hysterically, and he was now moving his butt from side to side! The little jerk mooned me!!!

I was furious! I started to get up, but my legs were still limp from my collision with the tree, so I flopped back down to the ground. The leprechaun, still laughing at me, then slowly raised his pants and calmly walked back into the hole in the tree. I knew I wasn't going to catch him now, so I was left with nothing. Zero. Zip. Nada. A big fat goose egg. Oh well, there's always next year.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!


  1. Oh Ratty, you do have the most exciting adventures. I hope you catch that leprechaun next year. He's got some nerve making fun of you like that.

  2. The cartoons are always right, same to Alice. We really do see stars when we crack your head, and the stars keep going round and round.

  3. Oh Ratty, the last picture cracks me up! You always got such an adventure..This year, the egg, and maybe next year the gold?

  4. The last pic is way too funny, I really liked you adventure with the leprechaun.

    Happy St. Patty's Day!

  5. Happy St. Patrick's day. My wife is 100% Irish through and through, so it is a major holiday around here.


  6. Ratty! I'm so glad I stopped by today! What an adventure! And such a cheeky little leprechaun! Next year, perhaps a bb gun is in order?

    Happy St. Paddy's Day!

  7. Ratty, did you indulge in a large Irish coffee before starting out on your nature hike? Or maybe even two of them?

  8. Ratty, this was classic. I bet know one else was ever mooned by a leprechaun :D Next year just forget the park and hit an Irish coffee bar. Nice photos too.

  9. oh should have learnt the first time Ratty that you really can't beat a Leprachaun!!!

  10. That behind looks oddly familiar. Mmm lol

  11. OH Ratty, you had me giggling when I saw the picture of that mooning goof!

  12. Ha! Ha! Ha! I loved your little tale Ratty. That little guy is cute too, even if he is mooning you..Ha! I love that old hollow tree. Is that really there?? Neat!

  13. Hilarious! I actually forgot that it was St-Paddy's day until after lunch time when all the green wearers started to makes sense :P

  14. The gift o' the blarney, ye have, m' boy!

  15. I thought that was his butt sticking out!! Nice, Ratty. :)