Saturday, October 23, 2021

Q&A with Simba



This column is the opinion of a 3-year-old African Grey Parrot named “Simba” who has an extremely high intelligence level.  While he does not possess a degree from any college or university, he does have a strong opinion of himself and feels that he is the best candidate to answer the complex questions of today’s discerning pets…and the humans they own…

Dear Simba,

Valentine’s Day is once again upon us. As a single woman, I have recognized that even on this day one can feel completely left out of things. So, last year I started a new tradition with my single women friends.

On Valentine’s Day we meet for dinner. We call it “Singles Appreciation Day.” Last year we had a great time together, and this year should be even more fun.

Singlehood is not something to cry about. It’s something to celebrate and enjoy, just as we would the state of marriage when we find the right person. People need to learn to appreciate the value of each phase of life as we enter it. For now, I am happily appreciating the stage of being single.

Signed, Single and Lovin’ It!!

Dear Single,

I’m sure I’m not the only person who admires your positive and intelligent attitude about the journey we all make through life. Today, more and more people are choosing to remain single into their late 20s and 30s — and Valentine’s Day seems to have become less a holiday and more of a marketing campaign that makes the unattached feel adrift, alone and often depressed.  I personally have a flock of females that follow me around and even when I am incognito on the Island, they still try to attach themselves to me.  Therefore, I do not make plans for Valentine’s Day with any of them.  If I did, I would be flying around from one date to the other and that would just drive my human insane.

A wise person told me years ago that we are as happy as we make up our minds to be — and I hope more singles will learn from your example.

Fondly, Simba

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