Fit To Be Tied
We'll start in the middle and get back to the beginning. The end of the chapter is this - they fell in love.
Upon tying her tie perfectly paired with her oldest, most comfortable t-shirt, she thought to herself about the phrase 'for the birds' and how it applied to her. You see, in conversation with a confidant, she'd explained a longing for 'ineffable love'.
Ineffable (meaning that which can not be defined with words) is the sort of love she wanted. The response she received advised that it was 'for the birds'. In other words, it was unimportant and not worth consideration. And yet, she considered it.
If 'ineffable love' was 'for the birds', she wanted to be one of those birds. And considering the man she'd only come to know quite recently through only words followed by feelings she couldn't define, she wondered if he, like her, wanted to be one of those birds too.
Back to the beginning of all this, we find her meeting him in a chance conversation. Tied by a love of words, but more than that - a love of 'love', this unexpected conversation was followed by another and another after that. Between syllables spoken within stories shared, they found they were like 'birds of a feather' that 'flock together'.
He liked her tie, and she liked his too. They shared much in common, as some birds do.