My love, fly over here!
I found the perfect bird bath
for cooling our feathers
on this sizzling summer day.
The male cardinal puffed his chest out proudly as soon as his mate arrived, his red feathers shining in the morning sun.
Unfortunately, she didn’t even notice his feathers and her reaction to the faded, broken dog bowl was less than positive (that is an understatement).
She began chirping loudly at him— “Do you ever listen to what I say? I told you I wanted to bathe in the stone bird bath bowl that I saw yesterday at Rainbow Gardens. Made especially for birds, it sits on a pedestal with a lovely fountain of water bubbling up from the center, clean and fresh. I don’t think you even know how long the water has been sitting in this old dog water bowl!”
Truthfully and in all honesty, the crestfallen male cardinal had to admit that he did not know the status of the water. She shook her head at him in dismay, gazed down at her reflection in the water and sighed: “Looks like there is some dog slobber floating around in here. Do you want me to get sick and die? I thought you loved me, but now I just don’t know.”
“WHAT?” he tweeted in reply. “You are the love of my life! I didn’t realize that a dog bowl would upset you so much. It is a hot day and I thought you would like a cool drink and a bath, even if it’s not perfect. If it will make you feel better, I will taste the water for you.”
And then, without hesitation, that is exactly what he did.
She hopped back up onto the dog water bowl after that, but he could tell by his mate’s terse stance that she was still extremely upset by the entire situation. Egads!
He desperately needed to find a good excuse to escape her wrath for a while. So, after thinking for a moment, he said (as calmly as he could): “Honey, I’m leaving now to find some juicy bugs. That way we can have a picnic together this afternoon…see you later.”
And then, before she could get in another word, he quickly flew away.
As soon as he vanished from sight, a deep sadness overwhelmed the female cardinal. She suddenly realized that she had been too unkind. Her relationship with him was worth more than everything in the whole wide world, and her priorities had been totally upside down all morning. Oh no! What if he never returns?
Given the circumstances, does it really matter if other birds are impressed (or not) with the bird bath/dog water bowl you choose to swim in? NO! With that in mind, she decided to throw her bad attitude to the wind and take a leap into the questionable water.
After she finished her surprisingly refreshing bath, she sat in the sun drying her ruffled feathers. She prayed that her mate would eventually return, even though she had been incredibly thoughtless and mean.
Yes! The handsome red cardinal did come back to his lady love in the end. And he decided not to say another word about water or baths, even though he noticed that her feathers were now fluffy and clean. In long-term relationships, there is often great wisdom in silence.
True unconditional love is beautiful, don’t you agree? 😊