A few months ago, Aaron said that he would like a pet budgie. We haven’t had any pets since we moved here five years ago, so first we checked with our landlord and he said a small caged pet would be fine. Aaron saved up all of his Christmas and birthday money instead of spending it, so that he would have enough money for a cage and supplies. We visited pet shops, read books and did lots of research online.
Once we were sure that we wanted to go ahead, we reserved an egg from a lady who runs a bird rescue and handles her chicks so that they are already tame by the time they are ready to leave their parents. Aaron has been waiting so patiently for his baby budgie to hatch and grow!
Last weekend we heard that Aaron’s budgie was ready, so we made plans to collect him on Friday. There was much excitement throughout the week as we set up the cage, went shopping for toys and made lists of names! However, we then heard that the budgie had something wrong with his feet and wouldn’t be able to come home with us after all. Aaron shed a few tears but handled the news very well considering.
Sadly, I’ve since had to tell the children that the little budgie died yesterday. As parents it is tempting to shield them from everything unpleasant, but that won’t help them in the long run. Colin and I have always been open and honest with the children about death. Learning to deal with disappointment and grief helps to build emotional resilience.
For now, we have an empty cage. It is Tabitha’s birthday tomorrow, which will be a happy occasion, and after that we’ll decide whether to wait a few more months for another tame budgie or try to get one from a breeder and tame it ourselves.