Rabbitdom

Rabbitdom The neighbors breed rabbits. Some they give to their daughters’ friends, some they eat. I asked one of the neighbor’s daughters if that’s di≈cult, to name some of the litter and eat the others for dinner, and she laughed. No, she said. No, of course not. My only understanding of rabbits is from The Velveteen Rabbit. Timna, the oldest of my charges—all forearms and shins, thin as a whisper —was given her rabbits two years ago. She caresses their ears, lets them romp through the house when her father isn’t home. I ask her if she’d eat rabbit. No, she says. Not one of my bunnies. Another rabbit? I ask. Like if you went to the neighbor’s house for dinner? No, Timna says. Well, maybe. When I told my regulars at the bar that I was leaving, that I was going to become an au pair in Austria, they all made the same references to The Sound of Music. How lovely! they said. Watch out for the Nazis. Will you sing to them? I assumed I’d learn new depths of my character as I shaped the lives of the girls, that I’d be beloved. I thought it would http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Prairie Schooner University of Nebraska Press

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The neighbors breed rabbits. Some they give to their daughters’ friends, some they eat. I asked one of the neighbor’s daughters if that’s di≈cult, to name some of the litter and eat the others for dinner, and she laughed. No, she said. No, of course not. My only understanding of rabbits is from The Velveteen Rabbit. Timna, the oldest of my charges—all forearms and shins, thin as a whisper —was given her rabbits two years ago. She caresses their ears, lets them romp through the house when her father isn’t home. I ask her if she’d eat rabbit. No, she says. Not one of my bunnies. Another rabbit? I ask. Like if you went to the neighbor’s house for dinner? No, Timna says. Well, maybe. When I told my regulars at the bar that I was leaving, that I was going to become an au pair in Austria, they all made the same references to The Sound of Music. How lovely! they said. Watch out for the Nazis. Will you sing to them? I assumed I’d learn new depths of my character as I shaped the lives of the girls, that I’d be beloved. I thought it would

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