Jul 4, 2009

Bunnies, bunnies, everywhere

Is it just me or are there more bunnies this year?  Our yard is inundated with bunnies.  They are multiplying like... well... bunnies.  At first it is kind of cute having bunnies in the back yard, but now they are kind of annoying.  They hide in the bushes and when you get too close, they dart out and run away.  Like to scare me to death!

I know they are eating all my plants.  Since most of my plants in the back yard are weeds, this isn't too upsetting.  But I have two citrus trees that look mighty tasty.  I haven't seen the bunnies eat them yet, but I know that they are only waiting until I am asleep before they have their orange salad.

I remember when we lived in St. Louis, a little tiny baby bunny ended up on our doorstep.  The poor thing was only a few days old.  We kept it a plastic bin and nourished it until it was stronger.  We let him go and he hopped away.  As he entered into the forest, he turned and looked at us as if to say, “thanks for saving my life”.  Ah the tear-jerker moments of life.

The Chinese calendar marks each year with a different animal.  Every twelve years the cycle repeats.  According to the Chinese calendar, we are in the year of the Ox.  The year of the rabbit isn't until 2011.  Maybe they are all gearing up for that year. Who knows?  Even the jackrabbits look bigger this year.  In fact, there was one on the side of the road that looked like a miniature kangaroo.  

In Rio Rancho, New Mexico, Rabbits are causing problems for Nancy Haseman.  12 years ago she rescued 12 rabbits from a neighbor who had abandoned them.  She tried to keep the male rabbits separated from the female rabbits, but apparently she didn't do a very good job.  Last week the Rio Rancho police cited her for having 334 bunnies in the back yard.  How do you feed 334 rabbits?

Oh well, I guess there are worse things than bunnies one could have in the back yard.   Bunnies don't sting or bite.  Bunnies make you smile.  Bunnies are cute.  And bunnies are a gift from God. Maybe God created bunnies to simply make us smile every once in a while.

Blessings,

Pastor David Hook