Saturday, March 3, 2012
We went to a new auto repair shop today. While Gary went in I decided to get out of the car and walk around. As I rounded the corner of the shop I saw a huge colorful parrot in a cage just inside the shop door. I think he was a macaw parrot. I started talking to him, engaging him as best I knew. He immediately started following me from one side of the cage to the other as I walked around. I was afraid to get too close since his beak looked lethal. But I was enthralled with his vivacious personality. After a short time I decided to go back to the car and get my camera. As I rounded the corner the parrot immediately followed my movements and looked out the window where our car was parked. He seemed desperate for me to come back. He was squawking and calling me back to him. I just knew he was lonesome. Lonesome for company and companionship.
I hurried back as quick as I could with my camera, back to the cage. He started talking to me, saying "hello, hello". As I walked from one side of the cage to the other, he followed me wherever I went. He began doing summer salts in the cage and fluffing his feather in great display. I looked in the office where Gary had gone and to the guys in the shop and no one seemed to notice or care I was near the parrot cage. After a while the parrot started picking seeds out of this food dispenser and taking them in his mouth and flicking them down. When I took his picture he seemed afraid of the camera and charged the edge of the cage, but if I lowered the camera he calmed down and started his aerobatic displays once again.
I'm calling this parrot Lonesome Boy because that's what I felt from him as I stood there talking with him. If I wasn't so afraid of his beak I would have taken him in my arms and cuddled him and stroked his feathers and told him I cared. I really felt like he wanted some attention, some interaction, some companionship. He craved that and somehow I knew. I think there's lots of lonesome boys in the world. They could be animals or people and they're just looking for a little companionship, a little attention, they're looking for someone to notice them, they're looking for someone to care. I'm thinking Lonesome Boy was a message to me to pay closer attention in my daily interactions and to give as much as I can of myself. I'm thinking I may be missing some opportunities to show I care. This post is part of Camera Critters. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.