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The Art of Living
As I stroll down the hallway at Ball Aerospace past a cascade
of enormous windows facing east, I peek outdoors and see her
resting comfortably under the cantalevered structure. There
she rests; a lovely Canadian Goose who was fondly named,
"Gracie" by the employees in prior years. Gracie resides on
the Ball Aerospace campus with her life-long mate, "George".
Ball employees carefully protect mum every spring, so that she
can lay her eggs and sit on them for 4-6 weeks. Non-stop
through the rain, sleet, snow or hail, Gracie does not waiver
from her maternal duties.
For the past 2 years, Gracie made her cozy down nest in one of
the 'giant' planters located on the east side of the Ball
building. George and Gracie probably thought the planter they
selected seemed like a good one for incubating her eggs; until
the torrential rain, sleet, snow and hail, which are common
during springtime on the front range of the Rockies, came
along and made her cold and uncomfortable. Ball employees took
action by volunteering by taking turns and holding a giant
umbrella over her to keep her and her nest dry.
And that's not all; little did Gracie know that the location
she and George chose each year would be the walkway with a
fair amount of foot traffic from the employees entering and
leaving the Ball building. Sometimes Gracie would hiss at
passersby letting them know to keep their distance, so
employees made a large sign, framed it and then staked it on
the patio politely advising employees to consider mum and her
nesting condition. They also peppered bright orange pylons
around Gracie's nest to further deter traffic several feet
away from Gracie.
It was quite fortunate for mum and her eggs when Ball
employees also found a sneaky 4-foot Bull Snake slithering
it's way toward the nest, which they aptly distracted, so it
could swiftly mosey its way back home in humiliation. Talk
about ecological stewardship!
And that brings me to this year, and why I was gazing through
the window at Gracie. This spring, George and Gracie must have
had a more detailed discussion about other nesting options
around the Ball campus. The location they selected this spring
has nearly all the comforts of a warmer and drier home and
offers more protection from the spring storms. I see that once
again, Ball employees have come to her aid by letting her make
a nest on a stack of materials used by our Facilities
I can only imagine the 'talks' George and Gracie had while
scoping out a new nesting site. Can you picture it? George and
Gracie waddling across the field, around the pond, near the
buildings, up and down the steps winding their way through the
nooks and crannies of Ball Aerospace, chattering back and
forth about deciding upon the ideal location for her to rest
comfortably for 6-weeks. I can see how the selection process
came about because I would watch both of them honking as they
strolled across campus. George listening intently to Gracie's
complaints of enduring the cold rains that came the previous
year. George empathetically honking back with his ideas about
needing a covered area, much like an enclosed patio for the
perfect nesting site.
This spring, Gracie no longer has to subject herself to the
wet rainy conditions and the cold westerly winds that blow
from the Rockies. She has nestled herself nicely atop a pallet
of dry drywall mud that sits outside the Facilities'
Department. She is further protected from the sun that can be
intense at an altitude of 6,000 feet because of the ceiling
above her. George and Gracie found an ideal 'patio' setting
that is enclosed on 3 sides. The rain can pour and the winds
blow, but nary will Gracie be affected because she is
protected by structure of the Ball building. And for us employees,
we can safely view Gracie without making her upset. George and
Gracie have indeed found the perfect home for her to nest and keep
her and her eggs warm and dry.
Ecological stewardship shown by Ball employees. That pallet of
materials will just have to sit there, unused, for awhile. At least
patience will pay off when the new gooselings arrive at
the end of May or early June, and Ball employees can observe
mum and dad waddling with their babes across campus, nudging
them along. What a sight that will be!
A loving mother to an incredibly intelligent and beautiful young adult, writer, textile artist, and a nurturing keeper of a very lovable Siberian cat and Sir Finlay my rescued Terrier mix.