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Love Conquers All


Love happens in the most unexpected places, between the most unexpected individuals. Here in the estuary of the Puntledge River, an odd couple have been “seeing” each other for weeks.


Remember Red Skelton’s Gertrude and Heathcliff? They are gossiping at the top of the next photo.

“Watch this, Gertrude.”

“I can’t, Heathcliff. Can’t you see I’m doing my feathers?  I got this spot on me when I ate that clam.”

“Oh, you women. Never mind that. You look beautiful to me. But look over there. It’s that Betsy Barnyard, trying to make a move on Charlie Canada … AGAIN! She just pesters him and pesters him. Just won’t leave him alone.”

“Oh go on … you know he likes the attention.”

“Shh! Here she comes.”


“Honk-honk! Hi, Charlie. Whatcha doin’?”

“Oh, just hanging out. Fixing up a few feathers. Minding my own business.”

“I wondered if you wanted to ‘hang out’ with me today. It’s such a lovely spring day.”

“Are you serious? You know we’re not the same kind. Heavens to Betsy Barnyard! What would your father say?”

“I don’t know, Charlie. I haven’t told him about us. Anyway, who cares? These days it’s okay to  love whomever you want.”

“But Betsy, there’s also the fact of our stations. I represent the country. I’m Charlie Canada, and you … well, there’s just no getting away from it. You were brought up in a barn.”

“It’s no use hanging your head in shame. It’s just the way things are.”

“I’m sorry, Betsy, but I don’t think we should see each other anymore. We’re just too different. And think of the children. They would have such cultural issues. I don’t know if I could handle it.”

Betsy sniffles and wipes away a tear. “Okay, Charlie. If that’s the way you feel about me….”

“I’ll just have to go drown myself. I can’t face that gossipy gaggle of geese in the barnyard.”

“Awww … Betsy, don’t be like that. Come on over here. ”

“Are you sure, Charlie?”

“Yeah, I’m sorry. I couldn’t be happy without you.”


“Well, Heathcliff. What do you say now? It looks like they’re getting back together again.”

“Just as long as they’re happy … like us …. Right, Gertrude?”

“Whatever you say, Heathcliff.”


Author: wordsfromanneli

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32 thoughts on “Love Conquers All

  1. You have written a very sweet story. Red Skelton would feel humbled and honored. He always ended his show by addressing the live audience with “Good night and God bless.” May God continue to bless your writing.

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  2. Love that and the little stories you capture!

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  3. Those gossipy gulls! Ha ha. This cracked me up, Anneli. Thanks for the smile.

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  4. I love this post, Anneli. It is poignant and just perfect. Why is it that people can relate to an animal story better than a people story? Children certainly do. I dearly remember Red Skelton. “Good night and God bless.”

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  5. What a cute pictorial!


  6. Beautiful and touching 🙂
    Thank you, Anneli

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  7. A lovely story. 🙂

    Thanks for the reminder of Red Skelton. I remember his shows well. 🙂

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  8. Clem Caddidlehopper would love this story, and so do I. You managed to get some fantastic photos of all the characters. 🙂

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  9. Great story, Anneli – I love it! 🙂

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  10. Great memories Anneli, Red Skelton and laughter are synonymous!! We also have been commenting on Sir Canada Goose and Ms. Betsy goose Barnyard. Should publish this as a children’s story…could add a few more photos of animals in the Comox Valley Estuary. thanks so much for Easter fun on the estuary.

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  11. This is so adorable, Anneli! Very very cute!

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  12. So creative and fun to read, Anneli. 🙂

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  13. Thanks a lot Carol. Have a great weekend.


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