Friday, February 19, 2016

Sam One, Sam Too...Who's Next?

Wednesday was the fifth anniversary of the passing of my grey-cheeked parakeet, Sam Too. A few days before that anniversary, I had a dream that seemed to be a message...a surprising message.


And feathered babies, too!

I don't believe anything is a coincidence, and sometimes, we receive important messages through dreams. It's been written that God communicates with us in the ways we're most likely to recognize. In my case, that would be dreams or nature.

I also believe that our non-human companions choose us, not the other way around. When I found Sam Too in that little pet shop on Cherokee Street, I wasn't there to buy a bird--not for myself, anyway. I was planning to buy a parrot for my dad. It was to be a Father's Day gift. The bird he wanted had been sold. I could have just left, but I didn't. And in that little pet shop, across the street from the Woolworths store where I found Sam One, twenty years earlier, I found Sam Too, who seemed to recognize me immediately.




It was love at first sight for both of us.

After Sam Too died, I knew in my heart that at some point, there would be another bird or animal companion. I just didn't know what or when. Until Saturday night.

In the dream, there were two birds. One was a blue male parakeet. The other was also blue, but I'm not sure of the subspecies. I started searching the internet for photos and found these....




So now, I know who's coming. I just don't know when our paths will finally cross, when we'll find each other.

What are your thoughts on this? Do you think we choose our animal companions, or do they choose us? Any personal experiences in this?

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  1. I agree that God speaks to us in dreams but that doesn't mean I understand and can interpret them correctly. Great post and adorable photos!

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    1. I don't think all dreams are messages (if they are, I'm in big trouble!), but when there is a message, it's usually pretty clear.

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  2. I believe they choose us. And yes, I beleive God uses dreams to speak to us as well as nature.

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    1. I'm relieved to know I'm not the only one, Shelly!

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  3. I've always thought of dreams as the mind's way of running wild.

    Five years... has it been that long?

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    1. Sometimes, it is.

      And yes...it was five years on the 17th. I can't quite believe it, either.

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  4. There are normal dreams and then there are other dreams. I'm not going into mine as I'm sure the situation here is affecting the dream patterns.

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  5. I think sometimes we choose our animal friends, sometimes they choose us- most times it just wonderfully happens.

    One of my long time hobbies is dream interpretation. Funny thing is, now, after all those years of study, I'm less certain of the meaning of dreams than ever.

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    1. I once picked up a book on dreams that somehow linked all dreams to sex. I guess the author was a Freudian analyst.

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  6. Every cat I've ever had, and there have been a few, have found me. They've been passing through my garden and liked what they saw and stayed ! I have two little siblings, male, who's mother left them with me over a year ago and they're still here :) Can't wait to see your new feathered friend when he finds you Norma.

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    1. We had two cats--father and son. Fat Cat and Fat Cat Jr. The senior Fat Cat showed up at our place one day, still a kitten, and decided to stay. My dad didn't like cats and tried every way to make the kitten go away, but he refused. He'd wait for Dad to come home from work, and he'd sit on the gatepost, grabbing Dad's arm with both paws as he tried to pass through. It didn't take Dad too long to surrender!

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    2. They are determined when they make up their minds they've found home :)

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  7. What a beautiful post today. I am tearing up.
    I can't wait for the next chapter.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. Thanks, Gayle! I'm wondering how long it will take for the two birds to find me...or me them....

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  8. I hope your two dream birds find you and soon! Everyone needs a pet to love!

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  9. I think sometimes animals choose us. I was obsessed with Lucy's picture the moment I saw her. I knew that I had to adopt her. And it's very odd, she has so much of Alex's personality.... Including so many odd mannerisms. Sometimes I really believe she shares his soul

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    1. Sometimes, I think the spirits of animals we've been close to are allowed to return to us in another animal. When I saw Sam Too in that pet shop, he acted as if he recognized me and had known me forever.

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  10. Sorry about the passing. Animals are our little families, too. Always sucks when they go.

    We get our dogs at the pound and Tim and I believe (as I've written about too), that they pick us.

    And they did. It's been a blast.

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    1. I have two blogger friends who have lost dogs recently. It's never easy.

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