I got this email today from a YouTube creator named Jill Winger. She, her husband and children live on a ranch in Wyoming where their aim is to be self-sufficient. They are modern day homesteaders.
We’ve kept them locked up in the chicken run since they were babies, but now that the trio is fully grown (and rather ornery, as geese usually are) it’s time to let them roam.
Bridger (my 8 year old) was worried about them.
“Mom, if we let them run free, they could get eaten by a coyote or run out on the road and be hit by a car.”
And so we talked about how freedom always comes with an element of risk. And we discussed the choices we have with our goose management:
We can leave them locked in the dirt pen where it’s perfectly safe and all their needs will be met by us, but they’ll never have a chance to explore the homestead, or eat fresh grass, or hunt juicy bugs.
Or, we can let them free range. This latter option comes with the risk of them meeting an untimely demise, but also gives them the opportunity to seek out all the fresh food their little heart’s desire and freely roam the homestead having grand goose adventures.
And then I asked him, “Which way would you rather live, Bridger?”
“I’d rather be a free goose, Mom.”
Me too, child. Me too.
“Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety…” -Benjamin Franklin
Happy Belated Independence Day, to my friends in the US.