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I don’t think anyone can escape their childhood.
“The life before had happened to me as childhood happens to everyone. The mark of adulthood is when we happen to life.
This is everyone’s story and everyone’s duty: to reach adulthood and then do the hard work of unpacking your childhood, your family, the weapons you picked up to protect your little body.
Exposure to human stories reminds us that we're all human.” - @jedidiahjenkins
Rabbits represent my childhood in so many ways, surrounded by them, reading about them, playing with them. We had a bunny named Aussie who had free reign of our home, I carried a stuffed animal named Hoppy VanderHare everywhere I went, I even read Watership Down when it weighed more than I did.
I didn’t grow up in this city where I now live, going to the ‘mainland’ was always an event. I am more familiar with wide open spaces with actual trees and wild life than with grid lock traffic, shopping malls and sky scrapers. The island did have a county fair which was the big event of the summer. That’s actually where all the wild bunnies came from, legend has it. A couple escaped one year, and well, you know how rabbits are.
Sharing these creatures is as close as I can get to taking you by the hand and bringing you on the ferry to go to the island full of wild bunnies and the broken child hood home I came from.
That’s what these chaos bunnies are all about.
Escaping chaos before the damage I’d spend the rest of my life trying to heal.
I have more to say and I’m learning how to use fewer words to tell the story: fewer marks to express the full spectrum of my experience.
The rabbit chapters will continue to evolve and grow as long as I do.
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