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  • How a day can change…in a matter of moments.

    This morning our canary died. It drowned in his own drinking-water container.

    It was such a beautiful morning. We were out early. Bright sunshine and really warm already.

    Monique and I were busy in the garden; cleaning up wind-fall twigs and catkins, pulling up unwanted strays and weeds, potting up new annuals. We had even brought the two bird-cages outside and hung them up in the sunshine. Our two canaries, Arie and Peetje, were singing their little lungs out in celebration of the day that was in it.

    Taken up in my work I didn’t notice it quieten. Monique had and looking up saw that Arie was in a struggle. While taking a drink of water he must of leaned too far forward, lost balance and ended up head first, flapping and struggling, jammed, and unable to free himself out of his own water-container.

    In a reflex Monique was to the cage and whipped him out. Arie shuddered and sputtered, expelled a spray of water from his nostrils and lay very still in her hands. He had died. As quick as that. Quicker than it takes to read it.

    Arie came to us one morning two years ago, literally, out of the blue. Monique was folding laundry when she noticed a little bird flapping at the window. It disappeared from view and then rose up again, flapping in front of her.

    She went outside to discover a little yellow-green, finch-like bird. It was so exhausted it was completely tame. It ate some bread-crumbs and seeds from her hand and then turned it’s head into it’s wing and had a sleep, there on the veranda; where any cat could easily catch it.

    We took it in and nursed it back to health. We became very fond of it’s antics and it’s singing. We even bought a second canary as a companion.

    Our little canary is dead.
    It’s still a beautiful day, but Monique and I are both very upset.

    The heartache I feel at the loss such a tiny creature makes me wonder how it must be for a parent, for example, who loses a child through some simple and senseless accident.
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