Swan Pride

Oh, how I smiled when I saw this story this morning. It has been determined, through the miracle of genetic testing, that Boston’s famed swan couple, Romeo and Juliet, are both female. There’s already an interesting Metafilter thread going on the subject, highlighting both the positive and negative reactions to the story. My favorite quote so far has to be from 15-year-old Emma Stolkien of New York, who gave me hope for the future with these words:

If these two swans are happy together, they shouldn’t have to have a guy… It’s good to have the swans as a symbol of the acceptance in Massachusetts.

After hearing about electrical explosions in the North End and arsonists killing innocent people over petty grudges last night, it was quite nice to wake up to such a wonderful story.