Archive for April, 2011

Soundtrack for a Caged Bird

When my daughter was small she was fascinated by birds. Unable to pronounce her r’s, she would call out “bi’d!” and then identify its type: “ca’dinal,” “spa’ow,” “’obin.” But mere bird watching didn’t satisfy her passion. She was determined to possess what she loved.

Foolish parents, we took her to a pet store.

“Our daughter loves birds. She wants a pet bird she can train to sit on her finger.”

The salesperson pointed to a lovebird without a partner, and said that a solo lovebird would be more affectionate, that it would transfer all its unrequited love to my daughter. With its electric blue feathers, this lonely bird was an attention-grabber with a heart-melting back-story. Sold, along with a cage, food and accessories.


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