She neatly lays out her baking equipment, puts out all the ingredients required and puts on her apron. That’s when it strikes her what is missing. Carrot! Oh, what would she do now without the most crucial element. With a crumpled face, she decides to seek the help of the one she had planned the surprise for.
Adam, her husband of 50 years was the gentlest soul in the entire South England. He never ever quarreled with Belinda and didn’t even dare raise his voice on her. Her wish had always been his command.
Seeing her furrowed expressed, he asks “What is it that is troubling you my love?”
Belinda, so upset with the surprise being ruined says “I wanted to bake a pie for you darling. Alas, I don’t have the most important ingredient.”
“What do you want? I shall get it in a jiffy” he says.
She said carrot. He mistook it for parrot.
“And don’t forget to get the juiciest, red and ripe ones” she says as he puts on his coat and sets off.
What a strange pie this is going to be, he thinks as he walks to the local market. Years of experience have taught Adam not to question his wife.
And he walks past the local vegetable market into the pet store where the kind old Graham is his dear buddy.
“Graham, can you get me the most red and juiciest parrot in your shop?” Adam asks.
“Adam, most people ask for green ones. Why this strange request?” Graham inquires.
“You know I don’t question Belinda. This is what she asked for” says Adam.
Graham potters around his shop and produces an old, withered reddish green parrot.
“I am sorry this is all I have” says Graham handing over the animal to Adam.
Hopeful of pleasing his beloved wife, Adam saunters back home.
And Belinda’s expressions when she sees Adam’s purchase were priceless.