A world full of noise, feathers,
squawks, seed hulls on the floor,
“birdie gifts” in unwanted places.
A world full of fun, joy, cheerful sounds,
cages on the dining room table,
and meals with some odd companions.
Welcome to the wild, wonderful world of parrothood,
where worrying about a $15 budgie
is as common
as worrying about a sick child.
A world where you spend more time
cooking for parrots
than you do for yourself.
A world where you rent movie musicals
because your birds like them better
than action movies.
A world where you buy watch bands
by the dozen.
A world where you sleep on the couch
when you bring a new bird home
cause it might get scared during the night.
A world where, even though you can’t stand
the smell of dry beans cooking,
you cook them and gag anyhow
cause your birds really like them.
A world in which you have only
one egg left in the fridge,
so you scramble it
and share it with all the birds.
A world where a lovebird sitting
on the edge of your cereal bowl
is no big deal.
A world where you decorate
in green and white
for obvious reasons.
A world where you watch Barney
because your macaw likes it.
A world where cockatiels whistle the theme
from the Andy Griffith Show
with wild abandon and to the point
of driving you crazy.
A world where, every time
you leave the room
your African gray
asks you where you’re going.
It’s our world, and welcome to it.
This was shared by my friend Tami German