Just because I woke everyone up with my spirited rendition of "Anything Goes" this morning does not give them the right to tease me when I freeze in my tracks, still in my robe with coffee cup in hand, and stick my neck out the back door to hear a new song.
"Everybody be quiet!"
"Listen! Somebody new is in town!"
Snickers from the kitchen table. "Shush! Somebody new just got to town. Either that or they're mating."
"Wait! I want to hear this!"
"Mom! Shut the door, it's cold!"
"Oh, all right. But you heard it, didn't you? Tick-a-whee, tick-a-whee..."
More snickers from the cereal eaters. My family does not respect me.
"Hear it? There it is again!" I run for the door.
"Mom! Dad's doing that."
Oh, you people think you're so funny. You think I can't tell the difference between a real bird and your stupid whistling? Let's see how funny it is tomorrow when I wake up the house with my spirited rendition of songs from "Hairspray."
"GOOD MORNING, BALTIMORE..."