A young crow was trapped under vines and briars because I had pushed his tree over. He screamed in terror as I wrestled him from the tangle. His family that had been circling and cawing overhead flew away leaving me wondering what to do with this magnificent bird. He couldn’t fly, so I knew that he wouldn’t survive. I was obliged to help. I determined to care for him until he could fly away on his own, so I took him home. After letting him out of a box, he was so frightened that he banged up nearly everything in the kitchen. Reluctantly, I stuffed him into a makeshift cage.
The next morning he met my beautiful wife, Susan, and that was the beginning of one of the strangest and most amazing relationships you’ll ever hear about. He was never meant to be a pet—he was supposed to fly away—but he chose to stay. The next eight months was like living in our own personal Disney movie. Our days were filled with love, laughter, surprises, and good times. This is an astonishing pet and love story, but we weren’t “over the rainbow”; we had some bad times, too, but we learned that unshakable young love sees only optimism.
“This is a beautiful book that made me laugh out loud and cry. This is more than a story about a mischievous bird. It’s about a young couple who learned about love, parenting, and each other through an unlikely character.”
—Lisa Fabrizio, Director and Professor of Massage Therapy and Healing Arts