Small Talk

Messy parrot

August 29th, 2011

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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4 Responses to “Messy parrot”

  1. Rosette:

    yes ..she is being sassy now wait until she is a teenager...your patience will be tested over and over until you crack like a peanut shell...funny...

    Reason why I keep my distance with my neices..I told my brother see that is I don't become a friend to my nieces so this way they will have respect for me...and sure enough they don't talk back to me.

  2. Rosette:

    yes with kids if they ask question I ask the question back and let them think...funny...if she ask what is that on the floor I say WHAT DO YOU THINK! LESSON TO MOM...funny!

  3. Rosette:

    lesson tell her hey next time you make a mess after you eat YOU CLEAN UP...I train everybody in my house to clean up after they eat....I don't put up crap.!

  4. kuunakanaka:

    aloha Diane:

    it was a teachable moment. i'm sure Olivia heard and will remember what you told her. our children hears and remembers the stories and life experiences we share with them. someday it'll make sense maybe just not now.

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