The daily paint-a-thon continues with another sweet creature emerging from the board. This one a rabbit, who reminds me so much of my niece that I had to give her the same name! Also, my niece has the most irresistible rabbit on earth (Toby) and so this was meant to be.
We had a pet rabbit when I was growing up. Kelly was a mean bunny and couldn't stand to be held (at least, not by me) and therefore did not fulfill our expectations as rabbit owners. Seriously, what good is a warm, furry creature who doesn't want to be held or petted? And we've had other such pets throughout the years...a dog who like to bit the faces of small children (Snoofer. Was it his name, perhaps?), a duck who brought worms into the house after a hard rain and a hermit crab who hated being in the cage and would wander the house after dark, ultimately ending up stuck under a dresser or sofa somewhere.
What did all these pets have in common? None of them were being the way we thought they should be. But they were being exactly the way animals are supposed to be - wild. There is a beauty and fierce independence in that. Rebellious creatures, they decided to be exactly who they were, and refused to conform to the conventions of modern civilization.
I lift my teacup to these domestic rebels! There is honor in being who you are, even if you are a hermit crab.
It makes me consider Toby in a new light, however. As I ponder his incredible ingenuity in figuring out the magical source of food in his house, I wonder if some of our animals are likely to take over the word one day?
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