Day 11: With Parrot

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There is a reason having pets makes good practice for having kids.

Imagine for a moment there is no other being in your house except you.

You can get up in the morning knowing exactly how much time it will take you to shower, get dressed, eat breakfast, and start your day.

Now let’s say you decide to add another being to your household – for instance, a parrot. A parrot who wants to be wherever you are doing whatever you are doing. A parrot who takes it very personally if you decide to shower, sweep the floor, do laundry, talk on the phone, compose an email, or take out the trash without issuing a hand-engraved invitation to your feathered sidekick to join you.

Suddenly, the word “schedule” takes on a whole new meaning. The difficulty rating of even the most routine tasks is upgraded – significantly. For that matter, there are no more routine tasks.

There is only daily life – re-prioritized – so that as much of it as possible can be lived “with parrot.”

Exhibit A: Mommy's hip....with clinging parrot.
Exhibit A: Mommy’s hip on housecleaning day….complete with clinging parrot.

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