The neighbors breed rabbits. Some they give to their daughtersâ friends, some they eat. I asked one of the neighborâs daughters if thatâs diâcult, 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 chargesâall forearms and shins, thin as a whisper âwas given her rabbits two years ago. She caresses their ears, lets them romp through the house when her father isnât home. I ask her if sheâd eat rabbit. No, she says. Not one of my bunnies. Another rabbit? I ask. Like if you went to the neighborâs 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 Iâd learn new depths of my character as I shaped the lives of the girls, that Iâd be beloved. I thought it would
Prairie Schooner – University of Nebraska Press
Published: Aug 9, 2017
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