Loro Wants a Boda?

“You get from this life what you have the courage to ask for.” – Oprah Winfrey

June 20, 2014

 

During a recent visit to my host family, I was finishing dinner and talking affectionately to the cat when the pet parrot, Loro, yells “BUENO!” to me with a quantity of undue authority. In Paraguay when said like this, it is the equivalent of “shut up” or “enough!”, though it’s usually spoken by humans to animals, not the other way around. Then he whistled, lowered his voice, and gave me a most seductively drawled “Hola…” (English translation: How YOU doin’?) I expected a marriage proposal by breakfast. Polly may just want a cracker, but I think Loro wants a wedding!

Loro's favorite words: Hola (Hello), Ocho (8), Si (yes or if), Mama, Cuatro (4)

Loro’s favorite words: Hola (Hello), Bueno (enough or ok), Ocho (8), Si (yes or if), Mama, Cuatro (4)

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2 thoughts on “Loro Wants a Boda?

  1. I have an attraction to birds, perhaps because… while they only have feet (although blessed with the ability to fly) they have no hands to pick through the sustenance of life. With only a small beak to serve them, they do very well and enjoy life, one seed at a time. They make me smile…

    I love that I had to look up the word Boda (a great educational technique). I had an idea from the post, but now I know and look forward to Loro adding this word to his vocabulary…

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