Part 1: Harvey's appearance on the Sun Room Deck
We got to talking, and I discovered that he enjoys writing, and has always wanted to be a reporter. He has been able to make his voice heard on the Straight Arrow News for Arrowhead Gardens, and he has much more to say.
He encounters many pets that live in the community, and decided he would interview them, so now he has his own blog on this web site. He uses several people as his photographer.
Mieke Meets Harvey
I entered the Sun Room of Building D and sat down by a window to read. However, I couldn’t concentrate. Something told me to go outside. I decided to give in to the urge and opened the door to the deck.
I heard a raspy whisper:
I looked around, but saw no one.
No, to your left! Look down.
I don’t see you, whoever you are, I said, growing more curious.
That’s what they all say. Try harder!
I followed the sound, and my eyes focused on a gray form, surrounded by plants, on the dirt inside a galvanized tub.
You’re getting warm. Now concentrate.
I did, and an image emerged of a gray rabbit. “You’re a rabbit,” I said. “You can’t talk.”
Of course I can. I’ve been talking ever since you were a small girl.
Really? What’s your name?
Harvey, at your service, Ma’am.
That’s the name of an old movie. Nobody could see that rabbit, except James Stewart. Elwood.
That’s who he played. You’re right, no one else could see me, but I’ve learned I can be seen by people who aren’t completely normal, like Elwood.
Oh, so now you’re saying that I’m not completely normal.
Draw your own conclusions. This place is boring, and I’m hungry.
It’s February. What do you expect?
Lettuce. Or my favorite, carrots!
Be patient! Soon, you’ll be surrounded with flowers and tomato plants. Has anybody else seen you?
A few. Most hear my voice but hurry back inside, shaking their heads.
So I’m not the only one who’s crazy?
I never said crazy.
Well, that makes me feel better, sort of! Hey, would you like company once in a while? I might enjoy conversing with a talking rabbit.
Sure. That will pass the time. Bring a trowel and seeds. Carrots, remember!
Harvey needs company, so why not pay him a visit? Don’t be alarmed if you can’t hear him. Just talk. He’ll understand, as long as you bring him a carrot.
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