And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. ~ Kahlil Gibran

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Prince with a Thousand Enemies

"All the world will be your enemy, Prince with a Thousand Enemies, and whenever they catch you, they will kill you. But first they must catch you, digger, listener, runner, prince with the swift warning. Be cunning and full of tricks and your people shall never be destroyed."

- Richard Adams, Watership Down

As I mentioned before, we have rabbits in our yard. Last week, while Mr. Barefoot was working on my new garden beds, we discovered that Momma Rabbit had burrowed into my compost pile and had herself a litter of kits. We have only seen 2 kits so far. Perhaps there are only the 2. Little Sprout is in love. Cute little bunnies, hopping around the yard, too small to go far from home and so easy for Little Sprout to get close and watch... watch... watch....

Evening was coming on quickly when we first saw these sweet little fluff-balls, and Little Sprout was getting scared. I began telling her the "The Story of the Blessing of El-ahrairah", from Watership Down. All children love a good story, and that is a really good story. When I was done telling the story, I promised Little Sprout that I would look and see if I could find the movie version on so she could see it with pictures.

I did. She loved it. I haven't been able to be on my 'puter since.

Little Sprout so loves the story that she has been watching "el-hair-ra-ra" non stop for days. I had some concerns about Little Sprout watching this animated film right at first. Big Sprout still will not watch it, having been scarred at an early age by the violence in the story. Too many images of bleeding bunnies, I guess.

But Little Sprout loves it. Every moment of it. Every day she goes out to check on "her" bunnies, to see if they have survived another night dodging the "Thousand".

It's kinda cute.


webb said...

I am seeing tons of rabbits this spring, too. Guess I should check my compost pile! Part of me hates to harbor them, but the rest is right there with Little Sprout!

barefoot gardener said...

Webb - I have the same problem! I hate to let them stay (and I really need that compost for the garden), but I hate to do anything that would make life harder for the little cuties. Ask me again after they have eaten all my seedlings off, though, and you might get a different story! :)