You came in my life around Thanksgiving time about
5 years ago. I'll never forget the first day I saw you- you stole my heart
right on the spot! You were so friendly and talkative, who wouldn't be
captivated? I hadn't planned on getting an adult Eclectus since I had
already picked out a baby, but after seeing you there was no doubt in
my mind- you were meant to be with me, I took you home that very day!
You quickly settled into my life and every day I woke up anticipating
seeing you and wondering what you'd say that day. You always were coming
up with surprising phrases, and your nearly non-stop chatter brightened
my life more than I can describe. Because of my chronic illness I was
homebound most of the time, however it gave me the chance to spend a lot
of time with you, and you loved every minute. You hated me to be out of
site, and soon started calling "Mom!!" to me when I'd leave.
You became such a large part of my life- I was rarely without you. We ate, watched TV, showered, and played together. You used to love it when I would pound around on the piano- even when it sounded horrible, you whistled, sang, and cheered me on. You had so much fun watching TV with me, when I'd let you run around and play on my bed. You could play "Peekaboo" with a towel forever without getting bored. When I had to go on trips you came along with me and traveled wonderfully. You loved going in the car so much, that you would get excited when you saw the pet carrier and say "Bye bye!!" Sadly, it was also the last thing I heard you say.
One of your favorite pastimes was eating! I remember how you would devour
practically anything! You ate more than I ever imagine a bird COULD
eat! You also loved taking a shower. I'll never forget my amazement
when I gave you your first shower and you immediatly started singing
"Whhhheeeeeeeeeee!" and spread out your wings with joy! Afterwards,
when I would gently blow you dry, you had to be sure to tell me that
you were a "Pretty Birdy!"
Unlike many parrots, you were usually not shy in front of strangers
and seemed to love impressing people with your incredible vocabulary.
You usually greeted people with "Hi" and "Come here" and if you felt
particularly outgoing you would go through your routine of various sneezes
and coughs. You loved children and were very gentle with them. When
several children visited at a time, you were not happy untill each one
had talked to you. Kids loved you since you were so calm and could be
held and played with more than most birds allow.
I was blessed by your companionship for 3 wonderful years. My greatest
fear was loosing you someday...but I never imagined that day would come
so soon. One day I noticed you were unusually quiet...I immediately
knew something was wrong, even though you looked well, and still appeared
and acted normally. You steadily went downhill during the day, and we
rushed you to the vet. After numerous tests, shots, etc. you were put
in intensive care. Your symptoms were so unusual, the vet could not
come up with a definate diagnosis. This wonderful avian vet tried everything
for you, and there were days when you seemed to be doing better.
How can I describe the agony and I pain I felt? I don't think there are words that can come close. Your loss was one of the greatest I have ever experienced. My soul felt empty. I know time will eventually help heal the ache that lingers but it seems hard to imagine ever completely "getting over it". I miss your giggles and laughter, kisses and cuddles, and most of all I miss hearing you say "I love you" in that adorable voice. I loved you more that I can say, and I know you will never be forgotten.