There is this lady in my neighborhood. She isn’t anybody I know. I’m not even sure which street she lives on, but I see her walking around the neighborhood a lot.
There isn’t anything inherently strange about a lady taking a walk in a neighborhood, but this lady is usually carrying a little cage around with her.
Yesterday I saw what she had in the cage.
I always kind of wondered what was in that little cage. Looking back, I think at first I thought she had a very small, very high maintenance dog. Maybe she was the dog sitter and she was taking it back and forth to wherever it lives. Then later I realized that this particular cage was probably a little bit small for any breed of dog that I could think of.
At some point a couple of months ago I decided that it was probably a guinea pig.
I have no idea why I thought she was carrying a guinea pig around my neighborhood, but it doesn’t really matter because the truth is almost as strange.
I hit the timing perfectly yesterday and I was turning the corner just as this lady was coming the other way and I saw what was in the cage.
It was a bird.
Some lady carries a bird around in a cage in my neighborhood.
Does that strike anyone else as odd?
Who takes birds for a walk? It doesn’t look like any parrot or cockatoo or some other fancy bird either. It just looks like a small regular bird. Maybe a love bird? Maybe a parakeet.
Whatever. I am just looking for a reason – any reason that some person would be walking around with a bird in a small plastic cage on a regular basis.