Coco the cockatiel died in Seattle yesterday. He was a sincere and earnest little bird, who loved to sing with our women's singing group, Voci Femine. His favorite song was Cindy Lauper, True Colors. He knew that his true colors were yellow and orange and gray, and loved to sing about it. He liked to call, "Ricky, Ricky!" He also could knock and imitate our neighbor Patty Ann coming in the door and saying, "Hello!"
He liked to think about what he might be when he grew up. Maybe become a businessman and carry a little briefcase under his wing. Or a cowboy and have boots and a hat. His favorite, though, was train conductor. He was very good at punching tickets with his beak.
His most scary Hallowe'en book was "The Bad Seed." He never read it, but nevertheless, he just thought that the whole idea was spooky.
He was preceded in death by his friend Miss Flora. Survivors include Miss Annabelle Lee (aka Orphan Annie, or Dr. Woo).
Hail to thee, blithe spirit.
Bird thou never wert--
That from heaven or near it
Pourest thy full heart
In profuse strains of unpremeditated art.
Teach me half the gladness
That thy brain must know;
Such harmonious madness
From my lips would flow,
The world should listen then, as I am listening now.
Let Elias which is the innocency of the Lord rejoice with the Dove.
Let Asaph rejoice with the Nightingale -- The musician of the Lord! and the watchman of the Lord!
Let Shema rejoice with the Glowworm, who is the lamp of the traveller and mead of the musician.
Let Jeduthun rejoice with the Woodlark, who is sweet and various.
Let Chenaniah rejoice with Chloris, in the vivacity of his powers and the beauty of his person.
Let Gideoni rejoice with the Goldfinch, who is shrill and loud, and full withal.
Let Giddalti rejoice with the Mocking-bird, who takes off the notes of the Aviary and reserves his own.
Let Jogli rejoice with the Linnet, who is distinct and of mild delight.
Let Benjamin bless and rejoice with the Redbird, who is soft and soothing.
Let Dan rejoice with the Blackbird, who praises God with all his heart, and biddeth to be of good cheer.
Are you such a pretty little bird?
Bye-bye, Coco. Bye-bye little Birdie.
Good night, sweet Coco.