In the morning light I spy a tiny brown rabbit
semi-camouflaged in the shade of a tree.
It nibbles the surrounding grass and looks so innocuous and so cute but I know better.
“Shoo shoo” I shout as I dash out of the house
wave my arms clap my hands and rush towards the feral rabbit.
The creature retreats in a zig-zag fashion, its white bobtail flashing to thwart my chase.
Other rabbits in all shapes and sizes emerge from secret places and in different directions stampede toward hidden burrows.
Within seconds they are gone.
Come twilight the rabbits will return in plague proportions to lay waste our land shred our plants and ringbark our trees.
They are pests. Ask a farmer about the devastation they cause.
Memories return to remind me of a time in early childhood when I loved the Easter Bunny’s annual arrival.
My parents advised it would visit only if I have been good.
In readiness I would prepare a makeshift nest so it could lay confectionary eggs at the bottom of my bed.
One Easter I lay awake expectantly waiting for a giant rabbit dressed in Beatrix Potter style clothing to stride into my bedroom and reward me with an egg.
I had been told I had been good that year.
What I saw was a shock – not a rabbit
but my giggling parents on tip-toe
to place a rustling cellophane-covered confectionary egg
in my ‘nest’. I could smell sherry on their breath.
They noisily left my room. They had not noticed their little girl’s eyes wide open with surprise, nor see her shedding tears of disillusionment.
The truth is that the Easter Bunny is just another ploy used by parents to cajole their children into being ‘good’.
History tells us Easter Bunnies are but a myth.
Nowadays children don’t even have to be ‘good’
to receive confectionary Easter eggs, or silver-wrapped effigies of rabbits.
It’s all about Consumerism and people being conned into becoming ‘Bunnies’ themselves by wasting money on such items.
The grim reality is that feral rabbits are pests
and should not be kept as pets.
My view is that the only reason for their existence is that they make damned good Rabbit Stew.