A girl and her brother were on their way to a lake to have a picnic.
Girl: Why everybody is asking me to set Birdie free?
Brother: Do you love him?
Girl: Of course I love him. That’s why I don’t want to loose him.
Brother: How much do you love him?
Girl: So much that I would do anything to make him happy.
Brother: Can I ask you something? Do you feel happy every time you’re grounded?
Girl: I’m not allowed to go anywhere but to be at home when I am grounded. So, I guess, no. I am not happy.
Brother: Yeah. The world is too small to be stuck at one place.
Girl : What are you trying to say?
Brother: The same goes to birdie, honey. Even though he is just a bird, he wants to be able to move around too because he is meant to fly.
Girl: But, I had built a very big house for him so that he can still be able to fly around happily. It’s the biggest ever bird house in town. Isn’t that enough?
Brother: Yeah, honey. I had to admit that he has so many extra spaces to fly around but how about friends? You have a very big house for yourself when you’re grounded but you still feel bored. Aren’t you, honey?
Girl: Ok. If that is the case, let’s ask mom to buy a few more birds for birdie.
Brother: Sometimes when you’re grounded, mom still allowed you to invite a few friends to the house but you were still complaining. Why?
Girl: I wanted to go to the mall. I wanted to go to the cinema. It feels so depressed to be stuck at home even when you have a company.
Brother: That is what I am trying to say, honey. Even if you build a house from gold for birdie, he still feels lonely. He needs friends. He needs to go flying around just like when you feel like going to the mall to shop or for a movie with your friends. You are making him suffocating. Look at those birds on that tree. Aren’t they looks so happy? Are you so mean to take that away from Birdie? Don’t you love him?
Girl: I love him so much. He was the only thing that I have when mom and dad are busy working and you are busy studying. But I don’t want to make him suffer but….
Brother: It may breaks your heart to see birdie happy with his friend and never comes back to you once you free him but I think it’s more painful to see that he is suffering with you.
Girl: I guess you are right.
Brother: Letting go has never been easy and holding on can be as difficult. Yet strengths are measured not by holding on but by letting go.
Girl: Can we just go home and play with birdie for the last time?
Brother: It’s the love that makes you wanna let go him, honey. You love him so much that you don’t want to see him suffer because you know that you don’t have enough ability to make him happy. You should be proud of yourself, honey.
Later, it’s time to set birdie free…
Girl: I don’t know whether you can understand me, Birdie. I don’t know whether you love me. I don’t know whether you know how much I love you. But I really hope you can feel it. I am so sorry that I make you suffer. I am so sorry that I make you sad by locking you up in the cage. I am so sorry for being too selfish. I hope you will find your happiness out there. I wish you are going to be happy flying around in the blue sky. If you need anything, you know you can just come back here and search for me. Just take a good care of your very own self, ok. Don’t get struck by the lightning or get hit by an aeroplane. Fly save, birdie. You are now a free man~