"Let us never forget that the cultivation of the earth
is the most important labor of man.
When tillage begins, other arts follow.
The farmers, therefore, are the founders of civilization."
|Mother Rabbit with a snack of dandelion leaves|
Yesterday, three of our baby bunnies went missing.
They were taken by neighborhood kids, who were overcome by the cuteness of our wee little rabbits. Can you blame them? I may have done the same, 20 years ago. (Gah! So old!)
Trouble is, the baby bunnies are not yet weened. Taking them from the mother rabbit is a death sentence. Of course, the kids didn't realize this. On a hunch, two friendly gardeners made a visit to the kids' grandmother and explained the situation.
By this morning two of the three baby rabbits had returned. The third, I'm sorry to say, will not have survived this long away from the hutch.
We run a community garden, and happily share our knowledge and harvest with our neighbors. We have greens and veggies and gourds aplenty! For the most part, our neighbors have been friendly and supportive of the garden. We've canvassed the neighborhood, introduced ourselves and invited everyone to stop by and take a look (and some food) whenever they're free. There are no locks on the gates, and plenty of food and flowers to share. Good communication has helped the garden. Some neighbors are protective of the plot when we're not there, and are happy to have a robust garden on their block. After two years of toiling in the dirt where abandoned houses once stood, we've been accepted as a part of the neighborhood.
Unfortunately, not everyone has been so welcoming. When people become suspicious or feel threatened they resort to selfish, hurtful acts. The garden has had its fair share of anonymous, destructive events. Last month, we found a long fluorescent light bulb smashed and hidden amongst our tomatoes. This is not the first time a stranger has tampered with the rabbits, but it is the most egregious.
|evil tomato by jv9ufxcy on DeviantArt|
|WHY IS THIS SCHMUCK'S WORK-OUT ROUTINE NEWS?!?!|
We are constantly barraged by "unbiased" news stories and the opinions of others. In this sped-up globalized world, what's important is often overshadowed and quickly buried by the latest political mumbo-jumbo and gobbly-gook. We often forget about the details of the last article that seemed so important, which is what "they" want from us. Quiet consumption and little actual action makes this oligarchy's job far easier.
Enough about "us" and "them," though. I won't go all Bilderberg on you, today.
When we stop listening and thinking critically, and stop talking to one another about where our society is headed, what will become of us?