I am a mother of four kids, aged 13, 12, 10 & 8. All were reading before Kindergarten. They play instruments, draw exceptional artwork and are a delight to my husband and my life.
I am fortunate enough to be at home to manage our heating & air conditioning business but my desk top computer ties me down and away from the outside world - away from any exotic animals you describe.
From where I sit at my desktop, I can't see too many of these exotic birds you describe.
All I ever observe are miserable people in a rush to do nothing excpt give snarky, condescending looks at everyone around them.
BTW, I lived in the Adirondack Mountains for fifteen years, after growing up in Bronx, NY, the 7th of 8 kids of Irish immigrants - my father came over on a boat in 1959.
I now live in the South among people who think that because I am Catholic, I have direct orders from the Pople to take over the world.
Ironic for you, I'm sure.
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