Dear Grandpa Bunny,
What did you do? I think I’d have been afraid to even talk to an old bunny as grouchy as Iris.
Dear Little Bunny,
I was afraid of her, but I knew that being an Easter Bunny requires courage and I was going to show some.
You know how I love creating surprises? Well, I couldn’t resist. I just had to surprise her. I had learned enough from the other surprises I had done, that startling someone is not always a good surprise.
This would be a gentle surprise. Mama Bunny was kind of old. Maybe she would have a good idea for what an old bunny like Iris would like.
Mama suggested that I make a special meal for Iris while she went out foraging for food. Since she couldn’t hop hardly at all, it took a long time and she could not get very much.
I found a basket and my brothers and sisters helped me fill it with all kinds of roots and fruit that were obviously too big for her to ever reach or carry. I even got little pieces of bread and some sweet purple grapes left behind after someone else’s picnic. I was sure she most probably had not nibbled on a tasty piece of fresh bread in a long time, if ever.
I decorated the feast with herbs and flowers that old lady bunnies like. Violets, tiny daffodils and lavender made it all look pretty and it did smell good. I sat near her burrow and waited. It did take her a very long time to get her food. I stayed there waiting at her burrow for… three hours. It felt like forever.
I thought of Jesus. He was on a cross for 3 hours. I offered my time and boredom to Him (A4UJ, of course!) and pretended I was staying with Him when He was so hurt and lonely on the cross.
When Iris came back, she brought very little back with her, only what she could carry in her mouth. She needed all her paws to keep her balance with each limping hop.
Staying where I was, I called, “Hi Grandmother Iris!”
She snapped back, “Why call me that? I’m nobody’s grandmother!”
I ignored the grouchy reply and asked if I could help her back to her burrow.
She yelled, “Quit bothering me!”
Then she saw it. A beautiful spread of her very favorite foods that she had not enjoyed for years. She limped over and seated herself within reach of everything. Quietly, I scooted up near her.
She looked at me…really looked at me and asked, only sounding a little bit grouchy, “Why did you do this?”
“I wanted to be your friend. It seems like you need one. You are grouchy and lonely and I thought if I did something nice, maybe you’d be less grouchy….and if you are less grouchy, I’m sure you won’t be so lonely.” I felt like it might make her mad to say it, but it was true.
She sighed, “Grouchy and lonely old Iris scares every one away, right?”
I shrugged, “Kind of.”
I wasn’t sure how this was going to go. I just sat quietly by her for a few minutes while she took it all in.
I’ll tell you how my surprise picnic with Iris went tomorrow!
For the Big Bunnies…
You and your children will enjoy the video of a “little bunny” reading aloud the story, Easter Bunny’s Amazing Day! It’s great to share with Children on, or right before, Easter to help them focus on Jesus as the best JOY of Easter!
The creator of the Grandpa Bunny Letters is Cathy Gilmore, a native of St. Louis, MO and a married mother ofthree. The Grandpa Bunny Letters are inspired by Cathy’s love for JRR Tolkien’s wonderful, Letter’s From Father Christmas. Experience with the Montessori-based children’s Bible study program,Catechesis of the Good Shepherd gives Cathy a unique approach to writing children’s literature. She is the author of the endearing children’s book Little Lamb Finds Christmas and co-author of the book, Easter Bunny’s Amazing Day, in which a new kind of Easter Bunny shows that “Jesus is the JOY of Easter!” Cathy’s passion is to cultivate each reader’s spiritual imagination through stories that touch the heart with the transforming love of Christ.