Blue Parrot

The other day, my sister Alicia and I were driving through Vallejo on our way to the movie theater to see the new Disney Princess movie, “Frozen.”

On the way, I looked out the window and saw a Latino man in jeans and a white shirt walking across the street. On his shoulder was a giant, blue parrot. The bird was perfectly calm and tame, as comfortable with the man’s stride as if he were at home, and observant of the flow of traffic and city life all around him.

As I was admiring this harmony between bird and man, the blue parrot turned its head. We made eye contact across the distance of the paved road. It was an extraordinary moment.

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