So what does a seven year old do when she wants a budgie but the parents aren't forthcoming? Well she makes a nest, takes a few eggs from the fridge and then ... waits.
The reason we don’t want a budgie is we’ve had one before, when Master19 was a mere Master8, and it was messy and loud and painful. Not that the budgie was particularly loud, but my protests at having to feed and water and sweep up after it were. Plus the silly thing wouldn't sit, or rollover, or balance a ball on its beak or anything. Worst pet ever. Anyway it obviously didn't think much of us either because it went all 'Great Escape' on us after a couple of days and flew away.
Escape artist pets aren’t novel in the Devereaux household. We seem to inspire them somehow. We have a pet – a wonderfully well behaved and sweet natured fluffy white dog named Jazz – who one day may rival Houdini for her disappearing acts.