Today a swan hissed at me. And I was scared. And kind of mad. But mainly scared that she was going to bite me. Why was she hissing at me and not letting me walk on the sidewalk? Swans can be very scary – and I did not even realize that they could hiss. So I ran… away from the swan. I was still mad.
I was walking with a friend of mine around Lake Davis. Lake Davis is a very popular lake to walk around. It’s beautiful and I usually enjoy the wildlife. Except when they hiss at me and look like they are going to bite me.
Two other women were walking around the lake as well but had reached the patch of birds before us (a woman feeds the birds in this spot so birds are always hanging out there – I think they actually know what time she comes out to feed them). One of the women called out to us, “There’s a baby right there!” I looked over. And yes, snuggled in the grass, was a little grey baby swan.
Ahhhhhh! My annoying feelings instantly turned to mush. The baby swan was adorable. And now I understood, the Mama Swan was protecting her child. The child that I did not see initially.
This was a good reminder for me. Sometimes it’s easy to make assumptions about why people act a certain way. But sometimes we don’t see what is making them act or do the things that they are doing. Quite frankly, it’s not always about us, it may be something going on entirely outside of the situation that you are in together. Unless this person has periodically acted this way, I think that we should try to give each other a break. After all, we don’t always have a hissing mama swan to protect us.