30 Days of Gratitude : #23

#23: What tradition are you grateful for?

For those of you who know me, I have 2 dogs, 1 cat, 3 hens, 26 Japanese Quail (at last count), 2 weiros (cockatiels), 7 budgies (parakeets), 3 Japanese Koi. Every morning it’s quite a ritual feeding the troops. Ìt takes about 30 minutes to make sure everyone in my mini zoo has enough food and water to last the day.

I have a little mantra or saying that goes with the feeding of my many birds. It goes like this:

“Guys have water, guys have food, Guys are happy, guys are good!”

Angus, my male weiro (cockatiel) has been hearing me whistle a traditional American minstrel song by Stephen Foster, “Camptown Races”, also known as “Camptown Ladies”. I’ve been whistling it to him and Julia, my female weiro, every morning for the last 4 years, and now Angus will sometimes sing to me his own unique version of the song. He can just about get the first verse right, and he adds his own tune to it, complete with chirps.

Up until fairly recently, it hadn’t occurred to me that the ditty I said to my birds every morning, and the song “Campbell Races” were a good fit. All I had to do was add the “Doodahs” and it was perfect:

“Guys have water, guys have food, Doodah, doodah, Guys are happy, guys are good, oh, doodah day!”

I love this tradition I’ve created, it always brings a smile to my face. And the birds seem to appreciate my good mood too! 😄

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