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Friday, June 5, 2009

Get a Bird

Most people love birds. (Not my wife--but that's another story).

They symbolize freedom ("free as a bird"), both the physical freedom (manifested by flight), and a metaphorical freedom (freedom from care, peacefulness).

I understand how some people might be depressed at the idea of sticking one in a cage.

Yet, throughout my life, I've been around birds of all kinds, and they always made me happy.

In my life, I've lived with chickens, geese, pigeons, even (for a short time) crows; canaries, parakeets, cockatiels, and finches.

If you want to know which of these made me happiest, I'd have to say the canaries. They're a bright, cheery yellow; they sing beautifully; and they make comparatively little mess.

If they have a drawback, it's that they're a little sensitive. A parakeet or cockatiel is much hardier, and can be let loose in the house. They can even be hand-trained to do tricks. One of my cockatiels used to take sunflower seeds from my mouth!

So live your life for the birds. They bring joy, beauty, and sheer delight.

You’ll be happier.

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