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Friday, June 10, 2005
Katie gave up her baby for adoption yesterday. She got the baby Quaker four years ago and finished handfeeding her. The baby was the love of her life. That was when she was twelve. Now she is sixteen or so and her life is full of activities that keep her away from home and her friend Calypso.
Her parents bought the bird because they wanted to do something special for her. I'm sure they told her that she would be responsible for handfeeding and the care of the bird because their lives were already full of responsibilities. And for four years she did. But twelve year olds don't understand that some responsibilities are forever. Forever for them could be next week.
As her activities increased, she spent less time with Calypso and suffered more guilt. She always worried about what would be best for her little friend. She understands that her life during the next fifteen years will get more complicated and the odds are that Calypso will get less and less attention.
Her dad and I are friends. A few weeks ago we were talking about parrots and he mentioned that his daughter might want to find a good home for her parrot. I explained that we help place several birds a year and if she decided to let us try we would be happy to help. Debra and I both hoped that Calypso would be able to stay with them but it was not to be.
So yesterday I stopped by and picked her up. She was in perfect feather and health and had obviously received excellent care. She spent last night on my shoulder preening my cheek and trying to protect me from Debra whenever she approached. This morning she greeted us with every word she knows including "I love you" and "good morning".
I knew she was home free when she walked across the bed, climbed on Debra's shoulder and said I love you. She'll stay with us as long as she wants to and when she finds the perfect home and she decides to love someone else we'll miss her. Just as Katie misses her today.
- posted by J-Birds @ 8:59 PM |
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