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A Parrot Love Story

Updated on January 1, 2013

Together at Last

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A Sweet Story of Love and Freedom

For several months, a small group of parrots has graced the bamboo thicket just outside our 5th floor apartment window. I loved watching them sit at the top of the bamboo branches, usually in pairs, swaying in the wind. There was one parrot though that sat alone.

One day I heard his squawk very close to our window, much closer than the bamboo branches. I realized that he was sitting on the window seal of a our neighbor's window, two floors down. He was visiting our neighbor's parrot who was in a cage just inside the window. Sometimes the parrot was not in its cage, but was loose inside the apartment. When she was loose and her friend came to visit on the window seal, she came to the window and they chatted back and forth. They did this almost daily for months and the visiting parrot seemed to be very dedicated to keeping his caged girlfriend's spirits up. He didn't seem to tire of coming to see her, although it seemed that a life together was impossible...she was captive and had no means of escape!

"I'll always be here for you, no matter what!"
"I'll always be here for you, no matter what!" | Source

Patience Pays Off

When I returned to Colombia this December, my husband commented that the captive parrot escaped! It seems that someone left the window open when she was out of her cage. She's finally free! Now she spends her time with her partner, the parrot who faithfully visited her during her captivity. I'm sure that after such a long time in captivity, her wings were weak and she needed help learning to live in the wild. Her partner must have been very patient with her as she gained her strength and learned her way around.

Every afternoon they can be seen enjoying life together, seemingly without a care in the world. They sit on a bamboo branch in the thicket outside our window, swaying in the breeze, silhouetted in the glowing sunset. It's probably the most romantic scene I have ever witnessed.

Thankful for Love
Thankful for Love | Source

Parallels With my Love Story

As I pondered this lovely love story, it dawned on me that the captive parrot's story is a lot like mine. At one time I felt caged, stifled and hopeless of any chance at freedom. A kind, noble man took an interest in me and was there, never pressuring me, never expecting anything from me. He was just there, always dependable and steady. A window opened and suddenly I was free, and he was there, ready to take on the task of teaching me about life.

Now our lives consist of enjoying our time together just like the parrot couple who sit quietly on that bamboo branch enjoying the sunset.

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    • David Trujillo profile image

      David Trujillo Uribe 

      5 years ago from Medellin, Colombia

      Yeahhh, they can be noisy! Well, greetings to all foreigners that have chosen to get intimate with Colombia

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      Debbie Pinkston 

      5 years ago from Pereira, Colombia and NW Arkansas

      David, I (and the parrots) live in Pereira, up in coffee country. I love this small city with all it's street vendors, cafes, malls, and mostly the great day trips to the country outside the city. Yes, parrots are very noisy and usually wake us up in the morning with their squawking.

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      David Trujillo Uribe 

      5 years ago from Medellin, Colombia

      A great colombian love story. In what city do this parrots live? Here in Medellin theres plenty of them now, specialy in the north. They sure are noisy.

    • debbiepinkston profile imageAUTHOR

      Debbie Pinkston 

      5 years ago from Pereira, Colombia and NW Arkansas

      Thank you Linda for reading and commenting. Thank God for second chances!

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      Linda Compton 

      5 years ago from The Land of Enchantment

      Dear Debbie,

      What a marvelous, complementary story. Your insight is as heart-warming as your joy. The power of love is indeed transformative.

      Bless your hearts!

    • debbiepinkston profile imageAUTHOR

      Debbie Pinkston 

      5 years ago from Pereira, Colombia and NW Arkansas

      Thank you all for taking the time to read about these two lovely parrots and the fact that they didn't give up the hope and dream of being together someday. We must always hold out hope!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is such a beautiful story. I love it. It teaches us never to give up hope. Love wins!!!!

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      Amy Becherer 

      5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Yours is one of the most touching, exquisite love stories I have ever read. Against impossible odds, love wins. You have restored my hope against the seemingly impossible and my faith in destiny. Your story soars above awesome and its poetic message brings hope for the new year.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 

      5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Such a heart warming tale of these two little beings. Am am thankful you shared it and glad to know it is based on a true incident. This made my soul smile.

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      Sara 

      5 years ago from Pakistan

      That was so beautiful. Life gets very easy and worth living when its shared with such an understanding and strong partner! loved the way you molded the parrots's story into a real human life story! Voting! :)

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      What a lovely parallel, your story and the parrots. May the new year bring you and the birds great joy.

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