Al and Daisy,
the Quaker Parrot
Daisy and Al had just returned from a month sailing in the Keys, when I met them.
Both seemed to be in good moods.
I saw Daisy first.
Actually I heard her. She was squawking nearby as she nibbled on crackers in a fat oak tree. A squirrel was threatening to steal her treats and she was causing a commotion.
I put down my Bahama Mama and went over for a look. Al obviously loves it when people inquire about his sweet friend. He had her do a few tricks and she happily toddled around the table and dock railing.
I had my own turn to hold Daisy while Al told me the story of adopting her from a shelter, eight years ago. "The family who owned her had kids who liked to bang on her cage with a broom." His big grin returned when he described Daisy's favorite adventures which of course included sailing. He insisted he has never had to worry about her flying away.
Thanks Al! You helped me have fun imagining what it would be like to travel with a tiny companion. You are quite a bit cooler than some of the guys you see on Harleys with stuffed bears on the back! But mostly, it's always nice to hear about an animal being given a better life. Sounds like you both are actually pretty lucky to have each other.
To celebrate my birthday in April 2012, I decided to reflect on the past with a different kind of list. I've met a lot of people in my 55 years, but I'm going to stop and remind myself about the strangers I've met. These are people I met by accident, not through friends or work. For some reason, these strangers dropped into my life. Even though we may have only spent a few minutes together, these people have never been forgotten.
Each week, I'll spotlight someone I met in the past, who in some small way, made me stop and think.
Remember 55 Strangers