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  • Writer's pictureDale V Wayman, PhD

The Story of Petey




Once upon a time, there was a little lovebird named "Petey." Now, Petey was the love of his owner, Jane. Jane and Petey were inseparable. Jane would let Petey out of his cage and Petey would sit on her shoulder and chirp away.


One day, Jane was cleaning Petey's cage. Petey was sitting on his perch singing away, just minding his own business. Jane was using the vacuum cleaner to suck out the waste at the bottom of the cage just like she always has. Just then, the phone rang. Jane reached over and grabbed the phone and at the same time, the end of the vacuum hose raised slightly and Petey was sucked away. Do you ever have times like Petey? You're just sitting there singing away, minding your own business and something comes along and sucks the life out of you?


Jane quickly hangs up the phone, turns off the vacuum cleaner, the whole time yelling and crying, "Petey!" She opens the vacuum and pulls Petey out. All dazed, covered in soot and almost lifeless she grabs him, cradling him in her hand. Do you ever have times like Petey? You're just sitting there singing away, minding your own business and all of a sudden you find yourself covered in filth and feeling dazed?


Jane sees the soot all over him and whisks him away to the sink, where she promptly gives him a bath. Petey is so overwhelmed by the flood, that he nearly drowns. He is laying there gasping for breath, all wet and bothered. Do you ever have times like Petey? You're just sitting there singing away, minding your own business and a flood overwhelms you?


Jane suddenly realizes that Petey may catch cold so she takes Petey into her bathroom and turns on the hairdryer. Petey is now subjected to hurricane force winds that nearly take his breath away. Plus, he's feeling heat like he's never felt before. Do you ever have times like Petey? You're just sitting there singing, minding your own business and the winds of change blow you away?


Finally, the trauma is over. Petey is placed back on his perch in his cage. Things seemingly return to normal for everybody .


Do you ever have times like Petey? You're just sitting there singing away, minding your own business and something comes along and changes everything, just sucks the life out of you? Have you ever found yourself covered in filth and feeling dazed? Do the floods of life overwhelm you? Do the winds of change blow you away?


Everything returns to normal. Everything seems normal, normal for everyone but Petey.


Petey doesn't sing much anymore... How about you? I'm not to receive credit for this story. This concept was relayed to me in a joke...I modified it and rewrote it to share with my clients.

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