The Bird and its Friends: A Valentines Adventure

A story about friendship and self-care

Mark Randall Havens


Join the bird and its animal friends on a journey of self-discovery and growth, as they learn the importance of self-care and the positive impact of supportive relationships in the spirit of Valentine’s Day.

A little bird’s journey to health and happiness with the help of its animal friends. Photo by Sarah Wolfe on Unsplash

To my precious little rabbit, I dedicate this story to you. May its lessons guide you to always seek the warmth and comfort of love, and to have the courage to make choices that bring happiness and health to your life. I am so grateful to be your father and to watch you grow. I love you more than words can say. Forever and always, Mark Randall Havens, Feburary 10, 2023.

Once upon a time, in a big and beautiful forest, there lived three animal friends: Lion, Zebra, and Owl. They were the best of friends and loved to spend their days exploring the forest and playing games together.

It was Valentine’s Day and the friends were excited to celebrate the special day by exploring the forest and finding new adventures. As they were walking, they stumbled upon a little bird lying on the ground, surrounded by a big pile of seeds.

Lion, who was brave and strong, went up to the bird and asked, “Hi there, little bird! Are you okay? You don’t look very happy on this special day.”

The bird replied, “I’m just feeling a little tired and yucky today, but I’ll be okay.”

Zebra, who was silly and playful, said with a smile, “We want to help! You’re our friend and we care about you! It’s Valentine’s Day and we want you to feel happy and healthy again.”

Owl, who was smart and wise, nodded, “Yes, we want you to feel better and be able to celebrate this special day with us. Let us help!”

The friends gathered some yummy fruits and berries and offered them to the bird, hoping it would eat healthier food. They also asked the bird to take a walk with them and play some games, to help it feel better.

But as they tried to help, they realized that they were giving the bird too much food and letting it sleep all day. They didn’t want to hurt the bird, they just wanted to help. They realized that they needed to change their behavior and come up with a plan to really help the bird…



Mark Randall Havens

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