I recently brought a cockatiel home. Of my two daughters, one is afraid of the bird and the other constantly wants to hold and play with it. When the bird is flying in the house, the afraid daughter often leaves the room.
Today the cockatiel was pacing in the cage, asking to be let out to fly a bit. The daughter who is afraid of the bird informed me of this, and asked me to let the bird out. Now, I wonder, which daughter is braver? The daughter who has no fear of the bird, or the daughter who fears the bird but asks to let the bird fly free despite her fear?
I did ask why she (the afraid daughter) requested that I let the bird out, and she said that though she is afraid she understands that the bird must fly a bit every day for its own health. She is five years old. Her sister, who is not afraid of the bird, is seven years old.