About a month ago, I visited a petshop Sam's Pets and Aquariums in Marine Parade - a very busy neighbourhood in Singapore near my place. I was immediately drawn to a little ash coloured bunny. Barely a month old and rather timid, she looked at me with soulful eyes and never looked away. Needless to say, I fell in love with her but I couldn't bring her home then for various reasons. As I tore myself away from her beautiful raven shiny eyes, i promised that I would be back to get her once I was ready to bring her home. Of course I knew I was taking a risk. She could be sold off to the first buyer.
Through all my housework, my coaching my girls and tending to my husband when he is home every two weeks, she never left my mind.. Over the weekend, I told Anand, my husband, if she is still there after all this time, she is meant to be our bunny. He agreed with me, much to my delight. He loves bunnies as well, having grown up with them in India.
Last Wednesday, May 11th, I popped in to the same pet shop, mentally prepared not to see her there. But to my wonderful surprise, she was. She was bigger and a lot more active. She came rushing to the glass door when she saw me. She was clawing at the doors with her soft grey paws to be let out. I fell in love with her all over again. It was a beautiful poignant moment. I took photos and videos to show my girls and Anand. They all agreed she is a beautiful little bunny angel. I still couldn't bring her back home yet. But after all this time, I knew she was meant to join our family. I knew in two days I would go back to get her and she will be there, waiting for us.
Hence, yesterday on Friday May 13th, Joy joined us. At barely 2 months old, she is very small and can fit in our palms. She has easily adapted to our house and is exploring all the nooks and corners. Not totally toilet trained yet, thus we see her little round poo pellets everywhere!
We miss our darling bunny Snowflake who left us suddenly on April 25th 2014 and we believe Joy has come to fill the void, somewhat. No other bunny can replace Snowflake as she was our very first pet and our sweet little darling. I still fondly remember how she would hop by and sit next to me in the wee hours of the morning when everyone was still asleep and keep me company as I slowly sipped my tea. It was a quiet special bond we shared.
Till today, I carry a heavy burden and guilt for I was not there for Snowflake during her final moments. We didn't get to say goodbye as we were in America when she was in Singapore (she was mishandled during her medical checkup for her passage to America which led to her demise). May you rest in peace Snowflake...you will dwell in our hearts forever.
For now, we welcome Joy into our home and into our hearts. A lot of joyous special moments are in store for us, I'm sure. Isn't it beautiful how our hearts can love so many beings - family, friends, animals and yet there is room for more and more love? Isnt it beautiful that there isn't a finite limit in our hearts for love?
Update as of 23rd May 2016 - something beautiful happened to day morning. I had woken up early to prepare breakfast for Anand as he was leaving for Beijing. As I was sipping my coffee and reading a magazine before getting into gear, Joy started playing with my pyjama pants and my feet. Her sharp nibbles and her tickling whiskers will aways give her away!....a few secs later not feeling her presence near my feet. I looked down to see where she had gone to- to my surprie, she was sprawled next to my feet, obviously very comfortable in my presence. So nostalgic. It was Snowflake all over again - keeping me company.
My home is
usually in a mess and has dust settled on almost everything. But I believe laughter and love will win the day. In 20 years, my girls won't remember how messy the house was but will remember the time we spent together and the love they felt...