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  •  happy tears... (13+ / 0-)

    healing tears...

    many hugs to you lineatus... and to your husband and Harlan.  He's most likely missing her too.  But she'll live on in his voice - and that one day will make you smile.  It will.  although right now I know it will make you also shed tears.

    All the suffering of this world arises from a wrong attitude.The world is neither good or bad. It is only the relation to our ego that makes it seem the one or the other - Lama Anagorika Govinda

    by kishik on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 08:24:52 AM PST

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    •  Hearing him squawk like her this morning has been (14+ / 0-)

      okay.  It feels like the usually background sounds of home, so it makes it less apparent she's gone.  

      The tough part was just now when I walked into the room and he muttered a proto "orange bird", and also a rough version of Kodachrome ("ko-a-ker).  Just in the past week, he's started trying to say her name.

      •  although... (13+ / 0-)

        one of my tiels is now long gone (i lost three in rapid succession over a period of about 4 months), one of my green cheek conures still asks - "where's Squeak?"

        I really don't think that the pain of loss of a beloved diminishes with time.  I think you just kinda get used to the pain.  :(

        Ko-a-ker is a good name!  makes you wonder if this was simply his parrot version of the name.

        All the suffering of this world arises from a wrong attitude.The world is neither good or bad. It is only the relation to our ego that makes it seem the one or the other - Lama Anagorika Govinda

        by kishik on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 09:18:05 AM PST

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        •  He starts by saying the rough cadence of a new (10+ / 0-)

          word or phrase, and then refines his pronunciation by getting the consonants right.  I'm sure if he'd had another few weeks of us calling Kodachrome (or Orange Bird) a few times a day - with her responding, so he'd know how it works - he'd have learned to say it in one of our voices.  He'll still hear the words now but he won't hear the response from her, so I'm not sure if he'll learn to refine it.

          A bit over a month ago, he learned to say my name.  Recently, he's been working on different inflections of it.  It's fascinating to follow the learning process.

          •  grays are amazing parrots!!! (12+ / 0-)

            I have a couple of friends who are lucky enough to share their lives with them.  One is a congo, the other a timneh. from what i understand, both equally intelligent.

            One funny encounter I had in a NYC tiny-sized pet store, there was a Gray at the counter on a perch.  The resident bird and I believe was the owners parrot.  So while waiting behind another customer to pay and after that transaction was finished, I piled my stuff on the counter to buy.

            One of the women behind the counter made a realization that she did something wrong with the previous transaction and was practically crying to her partner for her mistake.

            The gray was saying (in an appropriate toned voice) What's wrong?  What happened?  What's wrong? Are you okay?

            you could tell maybe certain things going wrong were a regular occurrence in that parrot's life!  LOL  

            Another gray at a different pet store I have been stopping by to visit regularly for at least 2 decades.  He always knows me - whether I have a hat on or I'm hatless.  Through different haircuts and lengths of hair.  He'll come up and put his head down for a scritch.  And when I leave he says - Goodbye!  See you again!!

            :)

            If I had the time at home, a gray (timneh) would be my parrot of choice!  :)

            All the suffering of this world arises from a wrong attitude.The world is neither good or bad. It is only the relation to our ego that makes it seem the one or the other - Lama Anagorika Govinda

            by kishik on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 09:57:01 AM PST

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            •  My vet back in NC (5+ / 0-)

              had two grey parrots he kept at the practice during the day, and they were highly entertaining! They loved to imitate cats when dogs were in the waiting room, and one of them could do the most amazing impression of their daddy saying "Hello there!". Fooled quite a few clients, including me!

              “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

              by skohayes on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 03:42:54 PM PST

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