Friday, November 03, 2006

Am I The Crazy Bird Lady? Part 1

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I ran into someone the other day who only seems to see me when I have necklaces with birds around my neck, and this time they said, "What are you, like, the Crazy Bird Lady?" Exploring the issue of whether I'm crazy... well, that's a whole other issue we don't need to explore today. :)
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What is my deal with bird stuff though? But where did all this bird stuff come from??? A few months ago I started shopping on ETSY and noticed I was always drawn to bird images. Since then, I catch myself all the time picking up postcards, plates, collages... everything birds! I walk around my house and see ... bird stuff everywhere! It's strange because I never realized I had a thing for birds.
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Well, okay I have had birds for most of my life, but I've also had dogs. I don't have dog pictures up all over the house. And, for the first time in my life, I have cat, and I'm not all into cat stuff. No "I love my ...." t-shirts for any of my mammals!
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My first birds were parakeets. My dad took me to the Pet Store in town when I had to be about 7 or 8. We were supposed to get a furry animal-- maybe it was a hamster or guinea pig, but they were sold out. I remember we started walking out of the store and he stopped and said, "How about some birds?". So we went home with a parakeet. Darrell was the birds name, because I used to think it was so funny that on the Bob Newhart show there was more than one character with that name (Who rememebers?). We had that bird trained, but I believe my dog Ollie tried to bring it to me one day, gently in his mouth, no biting, but the poor thing just didn't survive. I know I had 2 or 3 more. A crazy one named Tarzan died of an fever. Another one, Pepper, got let out of the house and sat on a tree across the street for a few days, and then...? That was the last of my birds until college.
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In college, I moved into an apartment in Silver Spring, MD. I had 2 roommates, but they'd be gone for the summer. We were on the 15th floor in this high-rise building, and the neighbors weren't too friendly because we were college students. Mostly families lived there. Anyway, it was just too quiet. So, I got 2 little parakeets . They sang all day, which I loved, but my roommates HATED! I could keep going with a history of birds I've had, whose names slip my memory, but I'll stop.
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I've just always enjoyed their company. I'm not so strange that I'm going to walk around with one on my shoulder or something, an old Pirate lady with a patch and scream, "What do ya want?" I just love to hear the birds.
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They're beautiful creatures, too.
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Ok, some more than others. This one's not even mine!
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Anyway, once my package arrives from this swap, I'll have more to add to my bird collection. I'll share more bird stuff then, but I hope everyone had a great week! Today I'm taking a personal day and will soon go watch the soccer team play in the semi-finals of their conference tournament! Excited and nervous!!!!

1 comment:

dating diaries from a late bloomer said...

Bird Lady!!! It's been almost a week since you last blogged...I am still wanting to buy the camera when you decide to get a new one. I will pay something fair=)
I want to know your advice too!!