Driving to work this morning, I saw a low-flying, v-shaped skein of geese headed south. The formation was tight and fast-moving except for one who appeared to be more interested in sight-seeing.

Driving to work this morning, I saw a low-flying, v-shaped skein of geese headed south. The formation was tight and fast-moving except for one who appeared to be more interested in sight-seeing.


Granted, they’d no doubt come a long way. The slower team member may have been tired or injured, which I hope wasn’t the case. However, it occurred to me that maybe he or she has Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD for short). Don’t shake your head. It could happen … probably.


In layman’s terms, ADD is where a person (or maybe a goose) has trouble focusing/concentrating on one thing at a time. Just about anything can catch his or her attention and drag him or her away from whatever he or she is supposed to be doing. It happens to me constantly, so I’m pretty sure I’m a closet ADD sufferer.


Here’s an example. It often takes me 30 minutes to just brush my teeth. I paste up my toothbrush then I remember to check the laundry. On the way to the laundry, I see a lovely fur ball deposit the cat made, so I stop to clear it away. As I head to the kitchen for a paper towel, I realize I forgot to turn off my computer, so I turn back to the bedroom. However, on the way to the bedroom, I decide I need more coffee so I go back to the kitchen, but my cup’s in the bedroom. That’s when I notice the toothbrush still in my hand and the paste rubbed all over my bathrobe. Honestly, it’s a wonder I’m able to dress and feed myself.


Now, imagine what that migratory trip would be like if the wandering goose (I’ll call it Jethro. His mate I’ll call Liza.) really did have ADD. Here’s my short version of the fiasco, using human words, of course, as I don’t speak goose.


Jethro: "What a lovely morning! Oh, look, it’s a wheat field!" He zips down to investigate.


Liza: "Get back in formation, Jethro! You’re causing a wind drag!


Lead goose: "We’re slowing down. It’s Jethro again, isn’t it?"


Jethro: "Okay. I’m back. Oh, wait a minute. I gotta check out that cool pond!" Away he goes.


Liza: Oh, for the love of goose feathers! That’s not a pond. It’s a kid’s wading pool. Come back here!"


Lead goose: "Liza, go get him before he drowns himself!"


Jethro: "Ahhhh. My very own pond. Oh, wonder what’s in that little bowl marked ‘Fido’?"


Liza: "Jethro! Move your feathered backside! We’re falling behind!"


Lead goose: "Good grief. By the time we get to Hagerman, it’ll be summer again!"


Jethro: "Here I am! Oops. I left some tail feathers …and Liza. Be back in a jiffy! Ooooooh! Look at that giant grasshopper. Breakfast!"


Yep. I’d probably be a Jethro.


Happy birthday Wednesday to Steve Davidson, Dr. David Coble, Emma May McDaniel, Zalyn Jacobs, Donencia Parker, James Cravens and Patricia Neal, all of Sherman; Patrick Wright, Steve Wigington, Mark Edwards and Devon Armstrong, all of Denison; Terra Jaye Roper of Howe; Ashli Wigington of DeSoto; Robbie Skinner of Plano; Ben Riddle of Whitesboro; Madison Dobbs of Pottsboro; Kathy Ledder of Fredricksburg.


Happy anniversary Wednesday to Kevin and Renee Hood Ragsdale of Collinsville, 9 years.