Best Story of the Week…April 29th

As I tool down East 83rd Street, in the middle of the block in front of a barber shop, stands an enormous cage with a sign that reads..

The Name’s MableDon’t Get Too Close...I’m Ferocious

Expecting a puma, I’m instead met by a plus-size parrot meditating on a swing.

You know I had to stop.

A woman passing says, “I’d be careful if I were you. There used to be two…rumor has it, she killed him.”

Always the defender of the underdog, in this case bird, answers, “If that’s true, I’m sure she had her reasons.”

Hmm, I think, no wonder she’s behind bars, and on the street no less, as an example to other disgruntled birds?

“Don’t say I didn’t warn ya,” the woman says over her shoulder. “I won’t,” I say, before shimmying up to the cage.

“Hi Mable, I’m Susannah, and are you really ferocious?”

She pretends not to hear.

Other than Lucille Ball, I had never seen such a redhead before, especially one with a bright green comb-over. Though appearing aloof as if to say, I’m not that kinda girl, I’m not discouraged the lady’s playing hard to get.

It just so happens, after stealing them off Fairway’s soup bar, had crackers in my bag, took one, split it, and offered it to Mable, eating my half as an act of good faith.

After bobbing her head left and right as if she couldn’t decide, should I? Do I need the extra calories? Slinked over to get a closer look.

“What, ya on a diet Mable? Come on, they’re low-salt.”

She demurely put her beak through the bars and like a real lady, takes it, nibbling, as if we were having cocktails at the Ritz.

I was so charmed, I didn’t see the guy now standing in the doorway like Luca Brasi. “Can’t you read?” he snaps, a toothpick sticking out of his mouth.

I had to think fast. What would Connie do if Carlo caught her with a parrot?

“Excusez-moi?” I say, winking at Mable. “Thee bird, how you say…magnifique…oui?”

I then mumble “see ya Mable,” dashing across the street not waiting for the light to change.


Maybe he should be in the cage, while Mable cuts hair. 


About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Thanks.
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43 Responses to Best Story of the Week…April 29th

  1. skinnyuz2b says:

    I hope you were wearing a jaunty beret, mon ami.
    While reading the warning sign for Mable I immediately pictured Nigel, the nasty bird in Rio. If you could charm the female version of Nigel then you do indeed possess the power of Dr. Dolittle.

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  2. Dale says:

    Well, you were smart enough not to put your fingers into the cage…

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  3. Sorryless says:


    You got it right with this one. We put the wrong creatures in cages. What’s with Luca Brasi anyways? Couldn’t he tell you’se two were having a moment? Ain’t he ever had a moment in his life . . oh wait, that’s just it. He hasn’t . . .

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  4. A good story with a probable moral, which I’ll put forward. Vicious is in the eye of the beholder.

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  5. Fast thinking there, mademoiselle. 🙂 I remember when we were kids visiting Arlington Cemetery during a summer and I sat on a low wall to rest. A guard yelled at me, saying “Can’t you read?” pointing to a sign saying Do Not Sit I hadn’t noticed. We joked later I should have looked sad and said, “No.”
    As for the parrot, you’re clearly more than just Joan of Bark. More like a modern-day Noah maybe. 🙂


  6. Patricia says:

    The bird recognized a kindred spirit and was happy to share a friendly moment…and a cracker. Maybe the grumpy man is just hedging bets with the sign in case someone does lose a finger to Mable. Lawsuits are common these days, you know.

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  7. Haha … “I’m sure she had her reasons” damn straight, she did.

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