It is possible for the men-children to surprise me sometimes. I am never surprised at the mess they can leave in their bedrooms, or their bathroom. I am never surprised at the amount of food they can consume and an hour later still eat dinner, and I am never surprised when they argue and whine and throw a tantrum when they don’t get their way.
But just occasionally, when you least expect it, they can surprise you in the most unsuspecting way. As you know we now have two new rabbits, Hazel and Squeak. We haven’t yet managed to freeze them on a cold night, or starve them, or frighten them to death, so I guess we’re doing something right. Sister of a Man-Child is naturally loving having them, and provides them with lots of attention every morning and evening. And I’m pretty sure the men-children sneak out there on a regular basis to see them too. The girlfriend of Man-Child II adores them. Even a friend of the boys the other day was interested in them, but I think he held back because he didn’t want to be a 16-year-old boy fussing over rabbits. I am going to make a point of encouraging all of them to play with the rabbits – it’s good for them and a bonus for the rabbits. It’s funny how we stop doing things because we don’t think we can behave like a child anymore isn’t it?
The other night Sister of a Man-Child and I were late home, which means Hazel and Squeak’s dinner was late! When I arrived home, one of the boys was already home. He casually yelled down the stairs that he had fed the rabbits, given them water and also some cabbage. WOW! He actually did something for someone else! He was actually motivated to do something for another person (or in this case animal) that wasn’t directly for his benefit. I thanked him graciously, and thought to myself it’s true – having a pet does teach children about the responsibility of caring for someone else. I can only assume that he went out to visit them, and noticed their empty bowls and took it upon himself to feed them. Hooray. I wonder if I put the rabbits in his bedroom would he tidy it up?
Mind you, the same man-child doesn’t notice everything? He asked me the other day where his father and brother were – I said away. Blank look, followed by “I didn’t know they were going anywhere”. To which I smugly replied “Well if you were ever at home or joined us for dinner occasionally then you’d know what was going on wouldn’t you!” He seriously asked for that one!
Anyway, bring on more pleasant surprises. I hope he continues to feed the rabbits when needed. Somehow I’m doubtful I’ll convince him to clean out their cage on a weekly basis – although he might if I offer to pay!!