I start the new year off with the same two intentions: to eat better and to get more sleep. As you can probably guess, those are areas I’m still striving to perfect. This year, a new one comes courtesy of the Scottish actor Ewan McGregor. I came across a quote from him in a Details magazine interview where, when asked for his best advice about being a parent, he said something along the lines of, “always be in the moment when you’re with your children.”
His point was that quality time means being totally present. It’s not playing “Memory” match cards with your child with one eye glued to your television or chatting on your cell phone while pushing your child on a swing. It’s completely appreciating your child’s smirk when he wins the game or his excitement when the swing takes him up high.
My flock gets a lot of ambient attention (perched near me as I read or as I surf the Internet), but, every now and then, I have to remind myself that there’s more to pet companionship than giving my birds busywork so I can do something else.
So last night, instead of giving Ollie a foot toy to keep him occupied, I challenged him to a tug-of-war over the toy. It was a toy I didn’t think he liked, yet once he saw that I was keen on it, he was up for the challenge. Tonight, I’ll help my ’tiel pick out treats hidden beneath shredded paper. After that we might just do a duet in front of the bathroom mirror. Did I mention that another resolution is to not care what the neighbors think ?
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