There is a 10 day stretch in the month of June that we call Dave Days. Father’s Day, Dave’s Real Birthday, Dave’s New Birthday, and Dave and Linda’s Anniversary… oh, I get honorable mention there at the end with the anniversary, and thanks to a mixup early on in our relationship I did invent Dave’s New Birthday, but other than that, it literally is all about Dave – otherwise known here as Downtown Dad.
Around here, Dave Days are usually a virtual shower of gifts, cards, and special dinners. This year though, the price of gas and Realtorin’ being what it is, Dave Days were a little thin. A homemade copy of the HBO John Adams series; yet another political book; some clothes picked out by DD himself then judiciously doled out over the span of celebrations; and a cake decorated by car headlights at 1 a.m. by loving teenagers – some not even ours; were all that the extended family had put together.
…. don’t ask me, teenagers, headlights, 1 a.m. … go figure ….
…But there was a Dave Days surprise in store we hadn’t counted on… Tessie looked out her 2nd story bedroom window and saw a white cockatiel sitting on the wire. At first, she thought one of ours had accidentally gotten out, so she went screaming down the stairs “There’s a bird outside!” but when she saw both Tizzy and Rascal safely in their cage, she added “And it’s not one of ours!” Apparently, this bird was attracted by cockatiel chatter coming from our window (and the fact that it was Dave Days) and arrived on our back deck, as a Dave’s Real Birthday Present from the Universe! We easily coaxed the new guy inside by putting the cage with our two birds in it, and some seed and water near the sliding glass door, and pretty soon he just walked in and made himself at home!
We’ve checked the lost and found section of the newspaper every day and no one seems to be looking for him, so I guess we now have three cockatiels! We’re not sure what to name him yet. Since he’s mainly white, Tessie is pulling for Edward, after the Vampire star of the Twilight books… any suggestions?