I was recently visiting family in New York City, a place I love for its excitement and energy. I had made appointments to tour both NYU and Columbia University, hoping against hope (or hoping against my bad grades) that I might be able to go to school at one of those prestigious universities.
It was an exciting week and I saw so much and ate really well. But the strangest thing was Laura. Since I was at my relatives' apartment and all New York apartments are small, they had me sleeping on the couch in their living room. Right on the windowsill near the couch, on the day I arrived, came Laura.
I named her that after my friend who is a total animal lover. OMG. Laura was this huge gray pigeon who just saw on that windowsill and looked in on me, cooing. Or purring, it was a really loud but sweet sound, as if she wanted me to know she was there.
When I tried to open the window to give her some crackers she just moved over, so she wouldn't get knocked off by the movement of the window. I had a feeling that she might fly away at night and have fun with her bird friends but when I was awake, or getting dressed for my college tours, she was always there.
It's still too early to know if I am going to be accepted into any of these schools, but hey, I know at least one New York City bird is rooting for me.
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