Saturday, June 14, 2008

Bad parenting

2 weeks ago, my inquisitive & animal loving sons found a bunny nest with 5 very small baby bunnies. The day had been overcast and so they, with the help of a friend, relocated the bunnies to higher ground, so that the "flash flood" would not drown them. Good reasoning, but one problem, unlike the desert which repels water, the soil in Minneapolis absorbs it happily. And flash floods are very, very uncommon here.
I was very stressed out because the babies now had boy kooties (sent) on them and of course as legend has it, a wild animal mother will reject it's own, if they have been touched by human hands. A myth I've been told by the Wild Life Rescue authorities. So, we put them back in their little hole, hoping they would live another day, not be rejected by their parents, and not get rained out. They did survive!!
Conrad, Riley and their friends checked on them every day to make sure, but without parental supervision, the checking became touching and then eventually hold and playing. And yet, these 5 little bunnies lived on, have grown twice as big and they hop; lippity---lippity---not very fast. Even today, in spite of the manhandling and "tough love" that only a 5-8 year old boy can give, these bunnies are doing fine. In fact their mother is relocating them to a more advanced terrain. (I wonder why?)
You may be wondering, where does the "bad parenting" title come in to play in this post? Hans reminded me of the phrase, "Dumb Bunny" and I'm afraid that these baby rabbits have 2 parents that fit the description. The bunny nest is right next to a well used volley ball court that is located by a fantastic playground, frequented by children of all ages. Let this be a lesson to all rabbits, don't make your nest visible to humans or your offspring will be exposed to curious giants, who just might take one of your children home. (This hasn't happened, yet.)
I must admit I am feeling like the bad parent as well because I took many a picture of my children holding these WILD animals. One parent I spoke with said that having all the boys (including his own) play with the bunnies on a day to day basis could be damaging (for the rabbits, that is.) It's true, my boys are disturbing the delicate balance of nature & civilization. As a parent, I know I should be worried about my boys get rabies or some other disease contracted by wild life, but to be honest, I don't feel guilty exploiting these bunnies (and possibly my children) to up the cuteness of my blog.
I know, bad parent, right here. I also bribe my children. One Sunday I told them if they got ready for church quickly and happily, they could have ice cream & cake for breakfast. Needless to say it was a very SMOOTH morning.
(I should be feeling guilt, hu?)

7 comments:

Jill Mennig said...

Growing up I knew a mother who fed her children ice-cream "sundays" for breakfast on the sabath so that her children would look forward to the day. Hey, don't knock it till you try it. And those are some VERY cute pictures. OOOHHHHHHH! said Katy.

Angie Larkin said...

Oh I totally relate to using those bunnies for blog fodder. Anything for the blog. Don't feel bad. Afton had carrots and diet soda for breakfast the other day becuase I had no idea she was even awake!

Stacie Morris said...

Now those are some CUTE pictures! Don't feel bad about the rabbits, Lindsey and I became accidental rabbit raisers for years and the baby bunnies never seemed to be terribly affected or traumatized from our frequent raids on their nests. The neighborhood dogs, however, seemed to affect them much worse...

Farnsworth Family said...

You are so lucky to live somewhere so close to nature. The baby bunnies are adorable!

The Morris Fam said...

I want bunnies I can play with at my leisure!!! What lucky boys...bad parenting or not!

Kristin Chesnik said...

Oh! You made me miss our condo rabbits. Do you remember them? And the large dead spots on the grass?

I love your bribery. Thanks for making me feel better about bribing Benjamin to read!

By the way, I love your blog! You may have inspired me!

grandmacynthia said...

Too cute. No, bad parenting would be not know my grandkids were picking up and moving bunnies. And it's not bribery it is incentive, and it really works.