In June, I began sleeping in my family room in the basement because it’s quiet and so cool in the summertime. I was awakened one night with what I thought of at the time was a burglar trying to break into my basement window well. I flew out of bed, grabbed my shotgun and ran outside to what was going on. As I slowly approached the window well flashlight and gun at the ready, I discovered one of my rabbits was madly jumping around trying to escape his metal and glass prison.
Well, I wasn’t going to attempt a rescue at 2:30 in the morning and possibly wake up my neighbors, so I decided to sleep upstairs and see if he was still there when I got up. He was, and I was faced with a conundrum. I had several long boards in the garage that could serve as a ramp of sorts, and he could just climb out. That didn’t work, it was too steep and slippery. I next wrapped the board with a blanket, duct taped it in place so it wouldn’t slip off, and put the board back in the well. I felt sorry for the little guy, so I threw a handle full of lettuce and couple of carrots on the ramp and near the bottom of the board to entice him to climb out. Much to my surprise it worked!
I thought he would spread the education to the rest of the neighborhood rabbits about the perils of window wells, but he didn’t because I had another one fall in around 4 pm yesterday while I was doing laundry. I could hear something in the window well banging around, and sure enough there was another little grey guy darting around and jumping like crazy. Several times he almost made it out on his own…they can really jump!
I secured my trusty board and blanket (isn’t that the name of a store?) and sat back to watch him walk out. Didn’t happen. I threw lettuce and carrots like before, but he wouldn’t climb the board. About an hour later, a nasty thunderstorm moved through the area and he just huddled under the blanket. But he stopped jumping so I thought I could go to sleep and fix it the next morning. That didn’t happen either. At 1:30 am I couldn’t take his banging around anymore and went to the garage to get some work gloves.
I removed the window and screen, moved the blanket a little, and there he was just sitting looking at me. I put the gloves on ’cause I wasn’t sure if rabbits would bite or claw you. I put my left hand around him, slid my right hand under him and gave him a gentle toss up and out of the window well. Ah, sweet success.
You probably know what I did today. Yup, got a cover for the window well. I thought this would be a one time challenge, but I was wrong. In the thirty-one years that I’ve lived here, this is the first year this has happened. So, I had to ask myself: Did rabbits get dumber?
Life presents us with all sorts of challenges, some are funny, educational, emotional, etc. Taking action to not repeat them is the ticket to success. Learning from life is key to moving on and not repeating problems. Don’t continue to date the same kind of person who hurts you. Don’t make the same investment choices that don’t work. Don’t keep eating the same foods that are making you fat. You get the picture, right? Don’t be a dumb bunny!
Anyway you look at it, it’s fun to ponder.
“Everything you desire is just outside your comfort zone.”