Oh what a cheezy title. But that is what happened, I went to see some bunnies with my honey. Big deal, right? Well, my life is simple and this was special for my weekend. Let me back up a bit and tell you the story.
As I was at work on Friday, three people walked into the store and I instantly sorta recognized them. I have this weird thing where I can remember faces. It's like my brain scans the face of another and says, "familiar!".
There was a woman and two men who entered the store that day, and I asked the woman if she had been here before. She answered that she had and that it was a year ago. As we chatted I started to remember that we had met last year. Then one of the two men came to the counter and I said to him that I felt that we had chatted it up when he was there last year and he said that we did. After a little exchange, I realized who these people were and it was a wonderful little reunion.
They were in the area due to the fact that they showed miniature bunnies. They invited me to come out to where they were showing. I told them that I wanted to but wasn't sure how it would go. I'm always trying to balance my time away from home/Jake with time to be there with and for him.
I told my hubs about the encounter and how I would like to go out to see these little creatures and of course see my quilt shop friends. The next morning he offered to go with me and things lined up at home to work out that we could get away.
These people were so welcoming and gave me a great education on breeding and showing rabbits. It always amazes me how diverse the world is and how many different interest people have. Things are always a lot more involved and complicated than what normally meets the eye and breeding mini rabbits was no exception.
Usually, I am scared of holding animals that are squirmy. Yet since we have owned a bearded dragon I have learned that animals just want to feel secure and that if you hold them close they calm down. I got to hold the tan one, so sweet!
This is Tim. He is the one who invited me out here. I am so grateful to him for sharing with me a piece of his life. I learned from him, because of my time there on Saturday, that it is important to make someone feel welcomed and to spend time with them when you invite them to something where they are unfimilar and know no one else. He was very gracious and handled all of my questions!
This white bunny was bred to have blue eyes. I am still amazed at how these people are so knowledgeable about breeding and are patient to wait through generations of breeding to get the traits they want. But then I do hear that bunnies breed quite rapidly! Tee Hee
Ok, so now the darker side of the conversation with Tim. I had to ask him what they did with the bunnies who didn't have the trait they were breeding them for. I knew that with the multiplication of bunnies there has to be byproducts. I looked at him and said, "Just don't say bbq." Thankfully he didn't go there. He did say that all animals have to eat and that they joined up with a reptile group. So animals will be animals and that is just how it is. I'm so glad that normally humans are not eaten by preditors.
After chatting with Tim, Donel his lady friend took me into the house. This whole thing was happening at someone's home property. She wanted to show me the quilt that she finished and was going to present to the homeowners. They weren't going to get to keep it just yet, as she was going to be putting it into a show. She took me to the bedroom they were staying in and we had a lovely time looking over the quilt as she pointed out different details that she put into it. Oh and I almost forgot to say that while we were chatting in the store on Friday we found out that we had a mutual friend. She and her dude live in the northern Brentwood in CA (there is a Brentwood in So Cal too). I had told her that I'm from CA also and that I was born and raised in the small town of Tulare. She said that she went to college with a gal that taught at the high school there. She told me her maiden name, as they knew each other before they had married. I asked if it was Linda W........? And lo and behold it was! This Linda was my absolute favorite teacher in high school.
So here is the take away: Being friendly and open about who you are and your life can pay off in a great encounter and a surprise of friendship. There are still good generous people out there!
And there in lies a formula for multipling friends just like rabbits quickly multiple there own kind!