Christmas Parrot

christmas parrotOne Christmas a young man named John received a parrot as a gift.

The parrot had a bad attitude and an even worse vocabulary. Every word out of the bird’s mouth was rude, obnoxious, and laced with profanity.

John tried to change the bird’s attitude by saying only polite words, playing soft music, and anything else he could think of to ‘clean up’ the bird’s vocabulary.

Finally, John was fed up. He yelled at the parrot. The parrot yelled back. John shook the parrot, and the parrot got angrier and even ruder. John grabbed the bird and threw him in the freezer.

For a few minutes the parrot squawked and kicked and screamed. Then suddenly there was total quiet. Not a peep was heard. Fearing that he’d killed the parrot, John opened the door to the freezer.

The parrot calmly stepped out onto John’s outstretched arms and said, ‘I believe I may have offended you with my rude language and actions. I’m sincerely remorseful for my inappropriate transgressions, and I fully intend to do everything I can to correct my rude and unforgivable behavior. ‘

John was stunned at the change in the bird’s attitude. As he was about to ask the parrot what had made such a dramatic change, the bird continued, ‘May I ask what the turkey did? ‘

Avid writer and reader, especially of fantasy. Learning about social networking and always interested in honing my writing skills. Contact me at cathleentownsend.com.

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