Friday, June 29, 2012

Tragedy at the Srader House

Someone died today and it's all my fault. She was innocent. She was young and she was beautiful. Her name was Lovey the Dovey and she lived on our back porch. Lovey had waited her whole life to have babies. She had finally met the bird of her dreams and they had settled down in a nice plant near our living room window. It was the perfect spot. Three bird families had already raised their babies there this summer and the whole town was raving about how wonderful the landlord was. Her dreams were coming true--everything was working out perfectly for Lovey.
About three days ago Lovey laid 2 perfect eggs. They were the most beautiful, oval, white eggs any dove had ever seen. Her husband was so proud and collected lots of yummy june bugs to reward her for her laying. She sat upon her eggs proudly and never budged when any of the humans around her wiggled her plant, banged baseball bats on her cabinet, or peered over the leaves to look in on her. She was brave and very determined to keep her eggs warm until they hatched.
This morning, Lovey's world changed in an instant. Her landlord (who shall remain nameless) had to move Lovey's cabinet in order to begin taking down some walls. She could tell something bad was about to happen because the landlord, who is usually very jolly and sweet, had a sad look on her face and was moving very slowly toward her plant. Lovey braced herself and decided that no matter what she would not fly away from her eggs. The landlord moved her plant with the grace of a gazelle, but all of a sudden Lovey got spooked and took off into a nearby tree. "Noooooo!" shouted the landlord. "Come back, Lovey!" But Lovey didn't come back.
An hour went by and there was still no sign of Lovey. The landlord finally had to choose a new spot for the plant. She hoped the Lovey would be able to find her eggs, but knew that it would take a lot of brainpower for Lovey to find them and although Lovey was adorable, she wasn't all that bright. 
Unfortunately for Lovey, the rest of the afternoon did not go very well. She couldn't find her eggs and began panicing and searching everywhere. She spent the afternoon looking all over the backporch and standing on the ceiling fans trying to find where her eggs had gone. It was a sad sight to see for the humans watching her from inside the house. Lovey was stressed and she had finally had enough. 
You see, when you've waited your whole life to become a mother you get a little crazy when bad things happen to your kids. It's not sensible, but it's reality. Lovey had searched the earth (or so she thought) for her eggs and finally gave up hope. With her husband looking on from afar, Lovey soared to the highest limb of the tree. From there, she asked the Lord to forgive her of her sins and she began to fly as fast as she could toward the windows of the house, soaring just above the plant that held her two, precious, hidden babies. She couldn't bear to live another second. She slammed into the window at top speed and crashed to the floor. The sound could be heard throughout the house and all the human occupants knew what had happened. 
The humans raced outside only to find Lovey laying lifeless on the ground. All of them could see her broken neck, but only one of them could see her broken heart. I hadn't revealed this in the story yet, but you see, I am the landlord. I am the one that caused all of this drama and heartache. I moved the nest. I scared the bird. I lost Lovey's babies. I killed her. It was all my fault. I knew that even though it looked like Lovey died of a blunt force trauma to the head, it was really death from a broken heart. 

I have guilt. I have shame. I am a killer. You should not be my friend. Please understand that I meant no harm. Please do not tell CPS. We could loose everything if word got out. Lovey already lost her babies, don't let the same thing happen to me.  Please forgive me. I'm so sorry, Lovey. I'm so sorry.

6 comments:

Veretta said...

sniff...

The Edwardsesesesss said...

aww, that is heart breaking! (but well told)

Kristin said...

You're acquitted! Just on probation with emotionally unstable birds.

Kenja Purkey said...

Such a sad story. There's no way you could have known Lovey was so emotionally fragile. Still, you might want to settle with her estate instead of going through the long drawn out civil trial.

jaclyn said...

you need to publish a book!! thinking of you in this tough time ;-)

Ashley Howard said...

Sooooo sad!!! Poor Lovey and poor Srader family- that is so traumatic!! But you have such a great heart- I know y'all did your best to help those sweet birdies!!