Love Birds

Love Birds

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I am not particularly fond of birds.  In fact I am actually a bit scared of their beaks and beady eyes.  I have had a couple of far too close for comfort encounters; seagulls swooping down to help themselves to my fish and chip dinner; geese mistaking my coat buttons for chunks of bread (it was the 1970s, so the geese were probably not as poorly sighted as you may think given the odd fashions we all wore as children); and, as for pigeons, don’t even get me started on them, suffice to say “rats with wings”.

So, why on earth would I be writing about birds?  Simply because I am putting aside my personal bird phobic feelings to enjoy the romance of discovering that Valentine’s Day apparently stems from birds choosing their mate on this mid-February date:

For this was on Saint Valentine’s day,
When every fowl comes there his mate to take,

Geoffrey Chaucer, The Parliament of Fowls
(circa 1381)

So, as we approach Valentine’s Day, if you are having trouble finding your soul mate then just:

Keep Calm and Kiss On

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For as we all know (to mix my metaphors) you do indeed have to kiss a lot of frogs to find your prince?

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7 thoughts on “Love Birds

  1. “you do indeed have to kiss a lot of frogs to find your prince” <– Yes, this is true, from my own experience. Fortunately I didn't actually kiss them all.

  2. All you need is love, a few birds (preferably not seagulls or geese) and frogs, and then you shall live happily ever after ……

  3. Aww this made me remember how bad I wanted to have a pair of love birds as a kid! I thought they were so sweet and had such gorgeous colors! Great post, and I totally agree with you – most people DO have to kiss a lot of frogs to find their prince, haha. Have a great weekend!