Fighting Windmills asked about the bunny that keeps stopping by our yard – she’s been nesting in our front yard for the past two years and raising her babies in the spring. Even though in general, I hate the bunnies that eat my lilies and garden vegetables, this rabbit has won me over, and I now have a very soft spot for her raising her little ones in the yard. I was especially looking forward to showing the babies to Zoe.
This year she’s been hanging around quite a bit. Zoe is thrilled every time she sees the rabbit, she’ll stand a ways back and shout “hello bunny, how are you?” For its part, the rabbit is extremely unafraid of us, and will just hang out in the yard quite near where Zoe is playing. She only runs if we start heading directly for her, and then she only runs a few feet before calmly grabbing another dandelion to eat (that may contribute to my soft spot for her).
But though we’ve found a burrow in the front yard and in back in my vegetable garden this year, none of those burrows has ever held any bunnies. I have to admit to being pleased that no babies ever showed up in my vegetable garden, I have a soft spot for the bunny, but not so soft to want her raising her young on my home grown heirloom tomatoes and tomatillos. I’ve also noticed recently that she’s been limping and not using her front foot.
Some people consider rabbits to be symbols of fertility and good luck. It’s a good thing I don’t put much stock in symbols like that. My lucky fertility symbol has a broken foot, and keeps preparing for babies that never arrive.