Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Bunny

Every few days this bunny comes and sits by my magnolia tree. He comes in the morning and settles into the same spot where he sits, motionless all day long. Then he leaves sometime in the night and we don’t see him until one morning when he comes to visit again.

He doesn't notice that he is hiding in plain sight. He doesn't know that scrawny magnolia tree couldn't provide shelter for a bug. He doesn't care that children are crashing in and out of my front door just a few feet away from where he sits. Some days, like today, he even closes his eyes. How often have you seen a wild rabbit sleep?

This has been going on for months. At first, I thought the rabbit was stupid. Then I worried he had something wrong with him and told the children to stay away. Now I see him as a gentle presence. If a wild rabbit can sleep on the bare front lawn in a suburban neighborhood filled with children, then there is a chance the rest of us can find peace in this chaotic world we live in.

Peace on Earth. Goodwill toward men.

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