It was a glorious Saturday morning. A tutoring student had already come and gone on his way to enjoy the weekend.
Miss Landers, the teacher, and the man with the white hair had just cleaned up from their late breakfast and nestling on the couch for some coffee and reading before getting to the day’s tasks. (It seemed like a much better idea than mowing the slightly long-haired lawn right then.)
Just as I was becoming absorbed in my reading, I caught a movement out of the corner of my eye. It was sudden, jerky, and fleeting but definitely real.
Since it was not unusual for deer or other wildlife to show up in the school yard I ignored it at first. After all, we were right next to the forest which we had left in its wild state behind the fence.
Walking to the window I saw a ball of fur moving toward me. Holding real still, I soon realized it was a young bunny edging toward the tall grass by the house. Relieved that we hadn’t gone out earlier to get the edging done, I gazed as it went for the grass which was wet with droplets of morning dew.
As I looked closer I noticed the dew looked like diamonds. We chuckled as we realized this bunny liked a little water with his salad.
Before long another little bunny came up and we were excited to see two bunnies munching the wet grass around the flower bed. After a while, they seemed to get full and drifted around the yard.
Suddenly one crouched and held still while the other circled around, came in from the side, and jumped over the first rabbit! I screamed, “The rabbits are playing leap frog!”
Soon a couple more came up and they all four kept the game going, seeming to be taking turns with each other. We just couldn’t believe our eyes as we stood frozen in wonder. If someone had told me about it I wouldn’t have believed it. It was amazing!
It went on for quite a while, with them circling each other and jumping one another several times. It was so unbelievable, yet it was really happening!
The rabbits probably came from the Rabbit Warren behind our fence where an underground village of wild rabbits lived undisturbed. All the Tree Lane students knew not to go back there since that area belonged to the wild rabbits.
As Miss Landers and the man with the white hair watched in wonder, we were so glad we had never let anyone disturb their home. We were also thankful they had honored us by coming to our school yard to eat and play.
We hoped they would come back another day when the students could see them too.
What a day! The day we saw rabbits play Leap Frog in the school yard:-)
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