And yes, they all lived in the Welcome to New Jersey now go home shirt and by the same token and house, more or less usually caged, at least in a loose kind of rotation. We had a lot of work to do! They both cared a great deal for each other and they worked hard on their issues. I recall the triumphant day that I helped them negotiate an agreement that she would winnow her collection down to a mere 137 birds (I believe this represented a 50% decrease), with a deadline several months into the future. So things were going along rather well. The husband was a whole lot less angry at his wife, and the wife was appreciating a closer facsimile of the kind man she had married, as she displayed greater willingness to accommodate his needs.
Welcome to New Jersey now go home shirt, hoodie, tank top, sweater and long sleeve t-shirt
Then one day not too long after that, the Welcome to New Jersey now go home shirt and by the same token and couple came in, and the husband was glowering, the resurgence of an expression from much earlier in their therapy pervading his countenance. He nearly spat out a description of his wife’s most unfortunate recent relapse. When I first began seeing them, she had also been a volunteer resource to a couple of wildlife rescues, doing rehabilitation of injured animals other than birds. This had been one of the first bargaining chips, and the wife had at that time been quite willing to sacrifice her non-avian animal activities. However, it seemed that she had slipped and been unable to say no when the wildlife people called on behalf of survivors of a possum family who had met with some terrible misfortune.