What is so special about a Wild Eastern Cottontail? I never gave this question much thought as I watched them in my garden in the early years. I looked right through them as Mister wrote in the beginning of her memoir, Mister's Garden. A wild rabbit is rather insignificant to humans and often considered a nuisance or disposable. Could there be more to these sweet creatures who live their entire lives in terror? It was not until I stopped for a moment from my busy life that I realized how much I was missing. Mister was significant and she had been loved. She had been my Mister.
From the day Mister disappeared, as the sun rose each morning and set each night, I continued to hang on to the hope that she would return. I suppose I will continue looking for that kooky little rabbit standing up outside my window for some time. I will think of her when it rains as I know she did not like getting her hare wet. I will think of her on hot sunny days which she loved so much. I hope she is enjoying warm sunshine on her fur wherever she is and that she has an endless supply of cool and very refreshing salad and baby carrots. I will always remember those gorgeous big brown trusting eyes looking up at me.
Mister, I will never forget you. You were right. Every time I told you to be safe, I really meant I love you. I will see you again one day.
Your Carrot Lady
If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart. I’ll stay there forever.