My wife worked this weekend, so for something to get us out of the house for a couple of hours on a rainy day, Ben and I went to the South Carolina Aquarium in Charleston (we have a family membership). In the course of making our rounds we stopped at the cage of the Barred Owl. The calls of the Barred Owls back and forth to each other in the nighttime swamps are one of the things I love about flathead fishing. We were admiring the handsome bird when something occured to me. I looked at Ben and asked him, "Do you think he starts to call at sundown? That would be kind of cool to hear, here in the building." But then it occured to me "If he does, there are no other owls here to answer him. Would that make him lonely?" Ben looked at me and said, "That's really sad." And added in a teasing way, "Dad, you're kind of bumming me out." It made me a bit sad, too. Makes me happy, though, to share those little moments that make me realize that Mary and I are raising a quality young man.