Interview with Little Bird, before he starts his travels
Saskia: why did you decide to travel?
Little Bird: I’ve always dreamed of traveling, sailing the oceans, visiting far off shores, flying over moonlit seas. Meeting people I would never meet here.
Sometimes the dreams seemed more real than the life I led. In those dreams I heard the moaning waves, beating against the forlorn wrecks of sunken ships; I even fancied myself a pirate´s parrot. I would study pictures of palm trees on sandy beaches, a swaying hammock, imagine the warm breeze ruffling my feathers.
S: sounds very romantic, I’m sure, but have you thought about the reality of it all?
LB: but of course, I speak several languages, not very well but as you know I’m not shy of making mistakes; I’ve been working this past year, saving a bit of money to keep me afloat for the first few weeks, months even if I’m careful; I’ll have to find a way of managing but I’m confident I will be able to make a living out there in the big world. I look forward to meeting foreign people and birds, I even look forward to having to rely on the kindness of strangers at times.....
S; How do you feel right now?
LB: I feel alone in a world full of possibilities, large and small.
S: are you taking anything with you?
LB: I have but a few belongings, travel light is my motto.
S: do you think you will ever return?
LB: ......honestly, I have no idea, I haven’t thought about that.
S: do you have anything to add?
LB: yes, I’m excited and slightly anxious at the thought of leaving everyone and everything I know behind, but the overwhelming sensation is that of looking forward to the journey ahead.
S: I, well we all do, wish you well and hope you’ll stay in touch somehow.
LB: thank you all, it has been rather wonderful here, but it’s time to go before I change my mind.
He chuckles, looks over his shoulder at us one last time and flies away from all that he has known.