A young man named John received a parrot as a gift. The parrot had a bad attitude and an even worse vocabulary.
Every word out of the bird’s’ mouth was rude, obnoxious, and laced with profanity. John tried and tried to change the bird’s attitude by consistently saying only polite words, playing soft music, and anything else he could think of to ‘clean up’ the bird’s vocabulary.
One day John became so fed up that he yelled at the parrot. The parrot yelled back. John shook the parrot and the parrot got angrier and became even more rude. In a fit of exasperation, John opened the freezer door and threw the bird inside while needing time to think what to do next.
Upon being locked in the freezer the parrot squawked and kicked and screamed. And then, suddenly, there was total quiet. Nothing. Not a peep was heard for several minutes.
Fearing that he’d hurt the parrot, John quickly opened the door to the freezer.
The parrot calmly stepped out onto John’s outstretched arms and said “I believe I may have offended you with my rude language and actions. I’m sincerely remorseful for my inappropriate transgressions and I fully intend to do everything I can to correct my rude and unforgivable behavior.”
John was stunned at the change in the bird’s attitude.
As he was about to ask the parrot what had caused such a dramatic change in his behavior, the bird spoke-up, very softly,
“May I ask what the turkey did?”
Hope this story puts a smile on your face as we reflect back on all that we have to be thankful for – Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family and thanks for your awesome support!