“Here you go, my love.”
“Thank you, my love.”
“My pleasure, my love.”
Oh, my love! My love, my love, my love!
They didn’t always do that, this couple I knew. I think they were trying it out, all this my love, my love, adding it to the repertoire of their L-O-V-E, which included (among other things) light (and heavy) petting, hair twirling, hands in each other’s pockets, random back rubs; big, wide smiles. Little quirks, neat tricks. Things to pull out during a lull in the night.
A friend, who was also witness to this romantic display, asked if they were like this all the time.
I don’t know. But I said that it did remind me of a parrot, an African Grey, I once saw at a pet store.
“Hello! Hello! Hello!” it said to anyone who approached the cage. It made a big show of it too.
“Hello! Hello! Hello!”
Did you know? African Greys are among one of the most intelligent birds on earth. They have been known, for example, to outperform children as old as 4 on certain tests, and can learn and build upon a rather impressive collection of words and concepts.
“Hello! Hello! Happy Birthday!”
Did you know that?
The pet store Grey didn’t. At least, I don’t think so.
So it was easy to be charmed by the bird, with its precious words, cute mannerisms and bright, shiny feathers. So it was easy to just go with it, enjoy the show – my love, or no.