[after a long discussion about how chickens freak me out and that I really don’t like birds in general]
Student 1: How can you not like birds?
Me: I just don’t. They’re OK to look at from a distance, you know, with glass separating us.
Student 2: You don’t like any birds?
Student 3: What about ducks?
Student 4: Even doves?
Me: Are doves birds?
Student 4: Yes.
Me: Then no.
Student 5: What about parrots?
Me: (raised eyebrows)
Student 5: Everybody likes parrots.
Class: (looking at me expectantly)
Me: (Shake my head)
Student 5: You’d like MY parrot.
Me: Probably not.
Student 6: What if I brought in a bird, you know, like an eagle or something.
Me: I’d leave.
[slight lull in the conversation]
Student 7: (raises his hand)
Me (after a sigh): Yes?
Student 7: What about owls?