We weren’t in any hurry. The kids were happy just chugging along on a bike ride in our Indiana town.
The Nunemakers, in case you didn’t know, are a bike-riding family.
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We pull the kids along in a bike trailer and, while they normally love it, baby was getting hungry. As usual. We pulled slightly into a driveway to get out of the road, the only one for quite awhile. Then we saw a man and woman come out of the house. That’s awkward.
With two bikes and a trailer packed with toys, snacks, lunch, books, and camera, we more closely resemble an expedition to the Arctic than a family out for a leisurely ride. We are also most definitely taking up the end of his driveway.
The man is friendly. He shrugs off our apologies at using his driveway like this, and says that he has something that we would probably like to see. Um, what? Don’t a lot of horror movies start out this way? He walks to the front of his yard near the ditch. Hubs and the kid follow.
My mind jumped to road kill of some sort which would probably scar kid #1 for life…but then I heard hubs say something about how neat that was and that I had to see it. My turn.
Crouching Nunemaker, Hidden Bunnies
I head over to Kid #1 crouched down in the grass, looking at something very intently. I just see a mess of fur and think back to road kill and wondering why hubs would think I would enjoy that when…baby bunnies.
When toodling around the yard, the man of the house saw the fur and wondered if their dog had dragged something home. He couldn’t believe (and we couldn’t either) that mama bunny had decided to make her nest right near the road like this. Miles of country around and she picks the front yard!
I’ve seen plenty of bunnies at the fair, I even know a few people who have them, but I’ve never seen baby bunnies. These are tiny! Aren’t they cute? I mean, it just makes you say, “Aw.”
I do think there is a valuable lesson here. Sure, the yard needed mowing (like always) and the garden needed planting, and let’s not get started about our work-in-progress on the inside –but look at what we would have missed out on if we hadn’t taken time out of our day to slow down, where we stop looking at the clock and the to-do list, and just enjoy each others’ company.
What would happen if we all slowed down a little? What are the the things that you are missing out on because you are moving too fast?
Small Towns: Destinations, not Drive-Thrus! I’m Jessica Nunemaker and THIS is little Indiana!
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