Have you ever seen the old black-and-white movie, "Harvey," starring Jimmy Stewart as Elwood P. Dowd? Elwood's friend, Harvey, a 6 foot three-and-a-half inch white rabbit, was visible to Elwood; but, except on rare occasions, invisible to everyone else.
Now, what does this fanciful movie have to do with my life, you may be wondering. Well, the truth is that I've been feeling just a little bit like Elwood lately.
Tim talks to Quint a lot. He has taught him to chirp once whenever Tim gives the command, "Chirp." And he's taught him "up," "down," and "come." Every time the bird follows a given command, Tim rewards him with the words, "Good boy!" Repetition is a good teacher, they say, and the two things Quint has said, in my presence only, are "Chirp" and "Good boy." When I say he says, "Chirp," I don't mean he just does his little birdy-chirp. He actually says the word "chirp." And usually, immediately afterward, he says, "Good boy."