Do Your Love Birds Mango? The Thrilling Conclusion
September 17, 2010
If you have been following this love story of two amazing Cockatoos separated by not only continents, ocean waters, and cultural barriers--but the greatest barrier of all, THE LANGUAGE BARRIER--well then, you have come to the right blog.
See for yourself how sad the family Bird had become. Rejected and despondent, Bird retired to her favorite shredding box (shredding being a thing Cockatoos love to do) and pined, but did not shred.
The family had to find a cure for what ailed Bird. The finest Bird specialists in the entire World Wide Web were contacted.
Not even one could recommend a cure.
In the end however, it was the family Goat--who also enjoyed shredding paper--who approached a family member sitting and sobbing on a bale of hay in the old barn.
Observing the saddened family member, Goat--while munching enjoyably on a handsome and tasty MCPL Research Database Brochure--dropped the half shredded MCPL brochure intentionally into the lap of the sobbing family member.
"That baaaaaad!" exclaimed the Goat, shaking his regally horned head.
The future easily unfolds.
The next day (a promising, fresh, sunny spring day) the forlorn family member approached a library clerk of the Mid-Continent Public Library. "May I help you?" the clerk compassionately inquired.
The customer sighed, "The family Bird is dying of a broken heart. Can you fix it?"
"Oh dear," replied the library clerk. "What happened to your Bird?"
The customer's head fell low. A sincere lamentation accentuated the reply: "The family Bird, who speaks only English, has fallen in love with a Palm Cockatoo in New Guinea, who speaks only Chinese. Can you fix that?" The customer again sighed as he pulled from his pocket a crumpled up, half shredded MCPL Research Database Brochure.
Recognizing the Database Brochure, the MCPL clerk chirped up, "That is really not a problem for your family Bird. Here...let me show you." The clerk then invited the customer to have a seat at one of the Public Internet Kiosks. "Go ahead," coached the library clerk, "go ahead and sign in."
The customer entered his library card number and PIN as he had been logging into the MCPL website for 20 years. The library clerk aptly escorted the customer to the Research Database site and it was but a short journey until lo and behold: the MCPL Foreign Language Research Database known as MANGO appeared on the screen.
"The family Bird can quickly learn conversational Chinese--and even learn how to read and write Chinese--by just logging in to this Research Database and participating in the language course," advised the library clerk. "Of course, don't forget that Bird will need earphones," the clerk added with a wink of the eye!
And so, as is the case with many happy endings, the language of love was eventually spoken, written, read, and understood because two love birds learned how to MANGO!
If our story has a moral, the moral would be this: before investing a small fortune in your Cockatoos, MAKE SURE YOUR LOVE BIRDS MANGO!!!
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