By Diane Ako
We were standing near a bird display in a lobby, looking at a parrot named Christian. Olivia was fascinated by how this blue macaw could say words and wave with his claw.
At some point, Christian wanted a snack so he went over to the food bowl, picked up a peanut, and climbed back up to the top of his perch. As he ate it, the shell dropped to the ground below.
"Mommy, what's all that on the floor?" Olivia asked.
I was about to state the obvious, when I decided to turn it into a teachable moment. "You know how Mommy makes you eat your food at the table? Those are crumbs, because Christian is not eating over his bowl. I'm sure his mommy told him he can only eat in his dining area. Now look at the mess he is making for his bird mommy to clean up. I'm sure she isn't happy with that," I said.
She sure can be sassy for four. She looked at me flatly and replied, "No, Mom. He's a bird."
*sigh* I tried.
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