Bunny Distraction

Beth of late has gotten into the habit of crying at the drop of a hat. No one particularly cares for this behavior, but we do our best to ignore it. This year, a small bunny has started to take up residence in our garden. No one particularly cares for this behavior either, but it is harder to ignore.

I planted 3 tomato plants, 1 cucumber plant, and 2 green bean plants. One of the green beans came from Alex, and it was started in school. He got a green bean plant last year, and it was the most prolific thing we grew last year. Several times over we had green beans that were over 6 inches long, and Alex and I started to pluck and eat them whenever we had the chance. The green bean plant I got from Alex this year started off fine. But in a day or two, leaves were nibbled away. After a few more days, it resembled a toothpick. At least we still had one more green bean plant. Whatever was chomping on Alex’s plant moved over to the other one. It has done a great job of not killing the plant outright, but keeping it 3 inches tall.

Yesterday evening, Beth heard a hat drop,(Author’s note: if that does not make sense, re-read the first sentence.) so she started to cry and whine. I told Beth that I saw the small bunny in our yard by the garden, but it wasn’t enough to stop her from crying. I then said, “If you catch the bunny, you can keep him!” Now, we’re talking. She stopped crying, and went outside. This offer was so tempting, it even broke the YouTube Spell from Alex, and got him to look for the bunny. I thought the problem was solved: Beth isn’t whinning, Alex isn’t sitting in front of the computer, kids are outside, and we have a moment of quiet. Dad: +1.

Before I could bask in the silence, I was asked to come outside. Beth and Alex wanted me to open up the cover of the sandbox, so they could capture the bunny. I got outside and Beth is wielding a firmly grasped butterfly net, and Alex had a plastic pail. “This will be good”, I thought to myself.

I approach the sandbox in hushed tones and ask the kids if they were in position. They were, and I pulled up the sandbox planks, one at a time, but there was no bunny. Alex and Beth continued the Bunny Hunt, but came up short.

8 thoughts on “Bunny Distraction

  1. Just in case they catch the bunny you should know that they live around 3 to 5 years. We had one that started out living outside and then came in to live inside. Good Luck!

  2. Well, seeing as it’s unlikely that they’ll actually catch the bunny, we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it. 🙂

  3. In the highly unlikely event that a 5 year old and 8 year old, cornered and caught a small, nimble, fast and wild bunny, I would have no choice but to let them keep it. I’m sure we could find a fish tank or something to keep it in. Without a doubt, the kids would name it Bunny. When I surprised this bunny a few weeks ago, I saw it jump and squeeze through the 1 x 1 hole that makes up the lattice surrounding the garden. 2 kids with a pail and bug net? Yeah, I’ll take that bet every day of the week. 😉

  4. This was an interesting story. Mandy had a bunny that was bought as a miniature but grew to be 30 lbs. We took Sadie to a farm and let her go to live with the other bunnies that had grown too big also. She was a sweet but smelly pet. Beth will outgrow her crying as other things will interest her.

    Love Aunt Lynn

  5. After seeing Beth’s “Hat Drop” trick, we are praying incessantly for her to outgrow this behaviour. Such a sweet little girl, most of the time. Not so much when she is crying to get her own way.