See this bird?
Oh that's right... it's not just a bird.
It's a blatant symbol of my anti-Australian-ism.
It's subversive, and non-conformist, and a sure sign that I don't accept Australian culture.
It's just a bird feeder, people!
I brought home this bird feeder when we were in the States.
I bought it simply because I liked it, and because I love Robins....
And I never, ever thought that it would cause me the grief that it caused me last night.
See, I had a parent (client) stop by last night, to pay me her portion of the last bill.
2 weeks late, mind you... and I didn't even charge her the $5 a day late fees that are clearly marked on her contract.
In light of what happened, maybe I should have.
So anyway, we're standing on the front porch talking about the scheduling for next week, when she looks over and says "Isn't that an American bird?"
And I said "Yes... I just love Robin Red Breasts, and I found this terrific little bird feeder while we were in the States in April.
Don't you just love it?"
To which she replied:
"Well, don't you think you should have an Aussie bird up there, instead of something American? Isn't that giving the children the wrong type of message?"
It's a bird.
It's a bird feeder.
Australian birds come and eat out of it on a daily basis.
Aussie birds like sweet little wrens and finches, and even the occasional parrot or two. (and they
shit poop all over my railing and porch while they're at it, but we won't go there)
The children like it, and they can spend hours with their little noses pressed to the windows, watching the birds come in for a feed.
Isn't that what's really important?
Besides me liking it, of course.
The funny thing is, this woman had a real problem with it... and even asked that I take it down and replace it with something "more representative" of my adopted country - or she might have to speak to the office about it.
The funny thing is, this wind chime was less than 2 feet away from the bird feeder... and she never said a word about it!
That's me folks.
Dividing and destroying Australia...
One bird feeder at a time!