A Need Of Sorts

As I was driving my twelve year old red pick-up truck down a country road my mind was too busy visiting a lost time with my wife in my day-dreaming time. I was lost inside my head just enjoying some loving moments with my Maria that had died fourteen months ago when I came upon a lost baby rabbit crossing the desolate road. In the confusion of applying the brakes and not allowing my monster tires to squash that poor little bunny I turned the steering wheel in a jerking manner that it caused me to swerve off the road. In my younger years I would have been hunting the parents of that little rabbit for a meal at my table, but on this day I was troubled about taking the innocent life of such an animal.I turned the engine off and didn’t worry about moving my truck because I was miles out of nowhere and my heart was feeling guilty of almost taking his life. Once the bunny sensed that there was no harm I got off my vehicle and quietly made my way closer to where he was nibbling at something. My thoughts were to watch him as much as he would allow me. I had my binoculars with me as was customary for these types of driving outings that I took when I felt the need to find some peace from my loneliness. I found a nice shade under some trees and I made myself comfortable as I sat on the branches of a low lying tree.Within minutes I watched as the adults came out with some other brothers and sisters of the first baby rabbit that had gotten my attention. It was a joyous sight to see how the family was poised at what they were teaching their babies and I had this wonderful feeling inside of me. Their noses kept twitching as they sniffed for some goodies under some shaded area of their own. It was breath taking to see a family so involved with finding a safe feeding area. The adults would stand on their hind legs to keep watch while the little bunnies tried to imitate some of their parent’s talents. This went on for a while until a noise startled them and me at the same time. It came from a distance from a group of trees that was near by.Suddenly without provocation out came a coyote that was in search of a meal himself and he had his eyes focused on the group of rabbits. I wanted to run but my mind felt that I needed to intervene in order to help the family that was entertaining me. Instead I took some large pieces of wood that I could toss and aimed it towards the creature that was bearing down on my friends. The fast running coyote saw me and stopped as he stared me down. He didn’t seem afraid, just cautious to my presence and my aim had not been right on. I too stopped and grabbed a longer piece of wood to use for my own defense incase he chose to attack me.I stood my ground and I saw that the rabbits had already made their way to safety so I decided to wait and see what would happen next. After a brief few minutes the coyote took a different route and I anticipated that he would go else where in search of his next meal. However; I was wrong because one of the baby rabbits had not made his way to safety with his parents as I assumed. It was the same one I had tried not to run over and he was limping along as fast as he could. It was then that I noticed that he had an injured leg and his faith was sealed for the time being if I did not respond. I knew I should not interfere with Mother Nature, but inside of me I felt the need to help on this occasion. It had been a long time I since I had cared about a lot of things, but my own need to help out was something I had to do.I ran towards the bunny but did not try to catch him because I thought about his parents rejecting him if they smelled any human scent on him. All I wanted to do was to make sure he got home in one piece. Further away I could see the coyote trying to make his kill, but upon hearing me coming and seeing my presence he backed off. I was foolish as I was relieved that he was not more aggressive because the times were hard after a dry spell and then a flooded time after a hurricane in our area.After he ran away and the bunny slowly made its way home I took a deep breathe after running so hard and realizing my mistakes. I walked back to my truck in peace with myself and wondering if I had done the right thing. Each of those creatures was out finding some food to make it through the hard times. Who was I to get in their way was one of my thoughts. As I got in the pick-up I sensed a peaceful feeling inside of me and no matter how foolish I had been I was proud of what I had done. For once in a long time I felt my worth after my own lost and I drove home with a smile on my face and a wonderful feeling of being alive even though I was still alone. Life has a funny way of teaching lessons to all of us and I learned one on this magnificent day.

Copyright © Oscarelizondo Wednesday September 08, 2010 5:33 PM

A Need Of Sorts

oscarelizondo

Harlingen, United States

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Don’t really know if I learned my lesson, however; I know that I felt good inside of me for saving this bunny. I hope to some day see it again healthy as I take another drive out there.

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