Thursday, August 12, 2010
Haiku my Heart Friday
Pretty green parrot ~
White eye looks into your soul.
Her sharp beak draws blood.
Ah, Millie - she is a Maximillian Pionus parrot who is sweet sixteen - we've been together since she was 4, when her owner decided to give her up for a dog. Now, I had 2 dogs at the time and couldn't bear the thought of her going to a place she didn't know - or worse, a place she didn't survive. So, she came to live with me and has done - well, whatever she wants for these past 12 years!
Millie came across country with me on the plane from California - a real trooper, surviving the "inquisitors" that made sure that her little travel cage didn't have explosives - you know, 911 and Code Orange and stuff. We were separated when my Gypsy jewelry set off alarms and we went in two different directions: she headed down the moving thingy and I had to be patted down by the security "agents."
Eventually, we were reunited, made the trip to Newark and have survived here since 2003. She does well with Kylie, the border collie - in fact, she goes "walk about" when I fall asleep on the sofa after a couple of glasses of wine, bypassing Kylie and all obstacles in her way to explore whatever she wants. One day, she decided to do this while I was doing dishes in the kitchen - when I felt "something" on my feet and let out a gasp, I'm sure she was cackling to herself about scaring her mom!
We've had a tempestuous relationship, but I think it's getting better - we're both older and a bit wiser. Or more tolerant.
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