23 January 2009

They Know What They Are Doing

Observing the actions of the herd of rabbits that inhabit my backyard for the past six years I am ready to fundamentally say that they have a level of consciousness much higher than many have acknowledged before hand.  I am ready to conclusively state that rabbits have a high, even advanced, sense of sarcasm!

Evidence:  In the summer rabbits will frequently eat the tender leaves of the lettuce I plant only to leave me and my family the bitter inner leaves.  They will also wait till my beets are at the critical juncture, between a shoot and the formation of a beet root, to eat them.  They also intentionally wait till I come home from an evening out and play in the backyard so that when I pull into the driveway the headlights of the van expose their superior numbers.  

This morning however I was finally convinced of their smart aleck ways.  Context: for the past three weeks there has been a nice pack of snow on the ground.  And for the past three weeks my family has created a path from our backyard to #1's school.  Description: As I walked #1 to school this morning I noticed something: rabbit scat!  Now here is the kicker, the sarcasm: The scat was only on the path, not to the left or right of the path but directly in our steps!  This is obviously premeditated Sylvilagus floridanus sarcasm!

2 comments:

hawk said...

I think the creators of Wallace and Gromit, The Curse of the Were Rabbit, reached the same conclusions as you have reached. If you haven't seen it, I think the movie will affirm your experience, especially the sarcasm.

G. Travis Norvell said...

Fr. Hawk,

I have watched some of the W & G but will definitely check out the Curse of the Rabbit. Thanks for the suggestion.

Have you read to your kids the Henry series by DB Johnson? All about Henry David Thoreau I think they would like them.