Several years ago – my husband was reading a book by Charles Swindoll entitled, “Improving your serve” – at least we’re pretty sure. We can’t come up with the book – or this next story – I actually had to look it up online and found that Charles Swindoll was actually quoting a story from Max Lucado’s book, “In the Eye of the Storm”
He came upon this story and started laughing – and just HAD to read it out loud to me – we were soon in FITS of laughter – wondering just HOW this could have happened – and then realized that it is from real life – where we get much of our humor.
Chippie the parakeet never saw it coming. One second he was peacefully perched in his cage. The next he was sucked in, washed up, and blown over.
The problems began when Chippie’s owner decided to clean Chippie’s cage with a vacuum cleaner. She removed the attachment from the end of the hose and stuck it in the cage. The phone rang, and she turned to pick it up. She’d barely said “hello” when “sssopp!” Chippie got sucked in.
The bird owner gasped, put down the phone, turned off the vacuum, and opened the bag. There was Chippie — still alive, but stunned. Since the bird was covered with dust and soot, she grabbed him and raced to the bathroom, turned on the faucet, and held Chippie under the running water. Then, realizing that Chippie was soaked and shivering, she did what any compassionate bird owner would do … she reached for the hair dryer and blasted the pet with hot air.
Poor Chippie never knew what hit him. A few days after the trauma, the reporter who’d initially written about the event contact Chippie’s owner to see how the bird was recovering. “Well,” she replied, “Chippie doesn’t sing much anymore — he just sits and stares.”
Ever feel like ‘Chippie’? I think we all do. Life just happens and all we want to do (after people have used us all up) – is STARE.
The following video features a dancing Cockatoo – I ‘borrowed’ this from my friend Carla Ives and I hope it will bring you much laughter – as we find the humor in the little things of life – the strange and the absurd – the ridiculous of things gone wrong – and nature’s way of reminding us that we all need to just LET GO – and DANCE!!!