Friday, February 12, 2010

A Feathered Life


When Clara uncovered Albert's cage this morning he was not well. Then, as birds do, he failed quickly and died in the middle of the morning, in the shoebox set up for his comfort, with a spray of millet and his beloved mirror.

Clara kept vigil beside him until he was gone, then turned immediately to her music.

Just last night at dinner the Composer had remarked on how much Albert had to say. That was always true. And always such beautiful feathers.

34 comments:

Lindsey in AL said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your Albert. Our very similar-looking parakeet (Sky) died before Christmas and we all still miss him. He was quite clever and made a sound just like the front doorknob squeaking and also barked occasionally like our Chihuahua. I am still surprised at how much I miss him.

Happymom4 aka Hope Anne said...

So sorry. The loss of a pet is hard.

YayaOrchid said...

Anna, I'm so sorry for this loss. It's amazing how our little feathered friends can bring such joy to our lives. I used to have parakeet and canaries. I bred red factor (bright beautiful red) canaries. Their music filled the house in such an amazing way. But when they die, you just can't help feeling like somehow you failed them in some unknown way. That's why I don't have any anymore. but I do miss their chatter.

Mac an Rothaich said...

Awe a sad story but beautifully shared...

Tracy said...

Poor Albert. I know he'll be given the burial of a beloved family member.

Becky said...

I am very sorry for the loss of your faithful friend. He was a lovely bird, and so amusing.

Jennifer said...

I'm so sorry, last year our zebra finches passed away, one about a month after the other. I did love their song in the morning.

Anonymous said...

I'm very, very sorry about Albert. Our little animal companions leave such a hole in the family when they're gone. My condolences.

Brenda

whatever ~ cathieb said...

so sorry for your loss

I am glad you have such great memories to look back on!

Shelley in SC said...

Oh, my, how truly awful. Amazing how these little creatures capture our hearts!

April said...

I'm sorry. :-(

Kate said...

I am sorry for the loss of your pet. My father had a parakeet named "Buddy-Bird" who was such a little feathered friend to him. He got a special burial.

Kerri said...

I'm so sorry Anna.

Heather said...

I'm sorry to read of Albert's passing - I'm sure you'll miss him and his friendly chit chat. We have a very vocal cat and would miss him too if he passed away.

Kelli at Lovely Vintage Cottage Life said...

I am so sorry for your's and your family's loss. We are going through a hard time with our dog Bubbie right now. Saying a prayer for you all and sending a big hug too.

Kelli
Lovely Vintage Cottage Life

An Adventurer in the World said...

The gossamer over Clara's hands is beautiful.

as a teen i had a yellow canary named Pete. One of his legs was backward, and so he was purchased for a song (ugh, pun intended).

When he died I couldn't bear to part with him, so put him in the deep freeze, with every intention of having him meet the taxidermist.

My mother finally disposed of Pete 2 summers ago...30 years later.

deb meyers

Laura said...

Beautiful plumage
resting
on a veiled hand

life is a vapor

even for our feathered friends.

How happy he must have been
to have lived among you.

{{* *}}

Bev said...

Sorry to hear. We are blessed that God's creatures come to spend time with us, aren't we?

Carrie said...

The Lord's comfort to Clara and all of you

Elisabeth Black said...

So sorry.

Trudy said...

They can add so much to your life. It is definitely a loss when they're gone. Albert was a gift.

Nanny Y. said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. I hope Clara's music helped to lift her spirits a little.

Farrah said...

I'm sorry, Anna. Hopefully Frederick will become more vocal now so that Albert's voice won't be missed so much.

Ellie said...

So sorry to hear about Albert. Whenever a pet dies in our family is it likes losing a good friend. God bless.
-Ellie

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A Quiet, Gracious Life said...

I'm *so sorry* for your loss. Losing a beloved pet is so hard on the heart....

AnnaVallance said...

So sorry to hear about Albert.

Amy said...

I'm so sorry to hear that you lost Albert. My grandparents lost their parakeet that looked exactly like Albert several years ago. I actually didn't even realize you had any other birds except Fredrick.

Kimmie said...

Oh Anna~Sending hugs for all of you and prayers that God will hold you close. Sorry about losing your sweet Albert. May God give you many fond remembrances of Albert.

Kimmie
xoxox

Jill said...

So sad to see him go.

Kathy said...

I'm sorry to hear of Albert's passing. We, too, have had several wonderful bird friends over the years ~ the joy each brought is priceless.

Anonymous said...

So sorry for the loss...I've never had a pet bird but I'm sure you will miss him like I have missed my doggies over the years.

Polly said...

So sorry. What a pretty bird he was!

The B's said...

Oh, dear Albert! He's so beautiful, even in death. We are very sorry for your loss...it hurts more than one might imagine, doesn't it? Praying for comfort for your family.

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