Today, the weather was good enough to be outside again. Jan, Hilke and Sophia were in the garden enjoying the sunshine, and here I am sitting on the perch that Jan has created for me. I love it in the garden. In the beginning I hated the chain around my leg, but it seems to be necessary outside. My family has decided (and I must add: against all advice!) not to clip my feathers. I am the proud owner of two perfectly functional wings, but that means that I can't be outside without being restrained. Now, I am completely used to this thing around my leg. I have so much distraction, that half of the time I don't even remember it is there. Outside, everything is green, the leaves move softly in the breeze, I hear the sound of water, see birds taking a bath in our pond and I listen to the soft voices of my family. I wish life could always be as peaceful as that.
A lot has changed in my life... I got married and moved to Canada. Of course I am very happy with my new life, but I will miss visiting Dandy! However, I am glad to know that he is VERY happy... he has a large aviary to play in and certainly doesn't miss his old life. We got a lot of flack from some people, who thought we abandoned Dandy, didn't love him, didn't even try... all I can say is that we always did the best we could, and that we always had Dandy's very best interest at heart. We thought it would be very selfish of us to keep Dandy in an environment where he was very unhappy, just to satisfy our needs. Perhaps we could have done some things differently, we did not have the knowledge I acquired later. Dandy, my sweets, I still miss you!