Happy Birthday, Chai!
It’s Chai’s first birthday today!
So that calls for a look back at his first year…
A year ago today I was visiting my parents in Alberta, after spending my first summer with the hawks in Saskatchewan. So I was there the day he was born, an all-white boy with two gray sisters. I soon departed to band birds in the Yukon for the next two months.
When I returned I spent a few days bonding with him, and then kidnapped him from his loving family (although his mum did tend to kick him in the head a lot, which I think explains some things…)
1750 km later, we moved into our apartment on Vancouver Island
playing with me,
In the spring Chai accompanied me back to Alberta and he has spent the summer with my parents while I went back to Saskatchewan. It has been good living and conversing with a human roommate (Mara never drank out of my water-glass, got her hair all over me, nor climbed into the sink ) but I have missed Chai.
I’m arriving back at my parents today and will visit him for a few days but then I’m off to a banding station in British Columbia for two months. But it sounds like my mum is enjoying his company, even if his love of nectarines and red peppers is increasing the grocery bill. Rumour has it he likes to snuggle more now that he is getting older.
Time has passed so quickly…
For more of Chai’s first year check out the “Cat” category in the sidebar.