Bunny Rabbit

Bunny Rabbit by Charlie O'Shields

We were visiting friends this weekend and they had placed out Critter Food in their backyard in order to attract the local wildlife. There were two rabbits sitting under a tree nearby, just casually chomping down on the stuff as though they were family pets so I thought I wanted to doodlewash one.

I’ve never personally owned a rabbit, but I was a huge fan of Bugs Bunny growing up. He was always so calm and cool about everything and had the upper hand. He was also a smart ass, so I’m not sure if he was the perfect childhood role model, but I always thought he was cool.

When I was very young, my mother took me to a local amusement park around Easter. There was a giant white rabbit that spoke to you and said cheery things and could magically answer you when you said something. My mom was excited for me to try it, but I instead started walking around behind the big bunny. She asked me what I was doing and I said, “I want to see the guy who’s talking on the microphone.”

My mom was always finding herself both bemused and frustrated while raising a child like me. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy magic and the idea of magical things, I was just interested in discovering how these things actually worked. Upon seeing a giant talking bunny, I didn’t think he was any more real than Bugs Bunny, but I think my mom would have liked me to play along more. She often told other parents, “Oh yeah, Charlie is super smart, but sometimes I think I’d rather trade him in for two dumb ones.”

This was, of course, a joke. Or at least I think so, as she never made good on the threat. And she continued to raise me, and feed me French toast on Saturday mornings while I watched Bugs Bunny. In my head though, I would often imagine the two dumb kids that would replace me. Taking my cue from Bugs I named these Charlie substitutes “Maroon” and “Ignoranimus”. I could see them in my minds eye with their little bobble heads happily enjoying everything as though it were the first time.

No, she wouldn’t have liked them. She was too smart herself and believed life was something to be lived with a healthy dose of humor. I was sad for all the people who lived life without a sense of humor, and were instead, always taking things too literally. My family always looked for the humor in everything, because that’s what makes life fun. Or as Bugs Bunny once quipped, “like the man says, don’t take life too seriously, you’ll never get out of it alive.”

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31 Comments
  1. Sand Salt Moon 2 years ago

    What a nice wabbit you doodlewashed, Charlie. Better to be wise and not seem so than to seem wise and not be so. Your rabbit looks soft and fluffy. Love!!!

    • Author

      Thanks Cynthia! ❤️😃 I wasn’t sure if he looked soft or not after I was finished. I skipped the pen on this one and when straight to watercolor. Glad you like it!! 😃

  2. Gold Standard Test 2 years ago

    So FLUFFY!

  3. thepaperbaker 2 years ago

    Love the bunny….great doodlewash 😀

  4. Sharon Mann 2 years ago

    Ahh, the bunny so darn cute. Very nicely doodlewashed Charlie. Your childhood story is very sweet, but parents do say some silly things they may regret later…or not! 😍

    • Author

      I’m not sure she reached regret yet…she still says it! Lol 😉 Thanks Sharon!! I’m never sure if there’s a proper way to do fur or not, but I just do this or that thing hoping it comes out okay. 😊Glad you think it did friend!! 😃yay!

  5. Rachel Murphree 2 years ago

    Charlie, I love your commentary. sometimes it competes with how much I like your doodlewashes!

    • Author

      Thanks Rachel! 😃❤️I’m never sure what stories will come out. 😊 It’s been a fun journey because of that! Hehe

  6. Jill Kuhn 2 years ago

    Impressed with your Doodlewash Charlie! ❤️🎨 I do see a hint of humor in its eye though. Hehe! 😉 Your story brings back wonderful childhood memories of Saturday morning cartoons! Bugs was a favorite of mine too! 🐰🐰🐰

    • Author

      Yay!!! I knew we were birds of a feather friend! 😉❤️😃Bugs Bunny is awesome!! And yeah… there may be humor in that eye… I can’t seem to keep that out of my stories or my doodlewashes. 😊😊hehe

  7. Rob 2 years ago

    Be vewy vewt kwiet! Cute bunny.

  8. Jodi 2 years ago

    I can’t believe you named the two “dumb ones” – Oh Charlie O! 🙂
    Great job on your bunny!

  9. Nancy 2 years ago

    We have a family of bunnies living under our porch that I’m very fond of. They look a lot like your handsome bunny. As for Bugs, can I tell you how many times my son watched “Space Jam” when he was growing up?!

    • Author

      Ohhhh wow…Space Jam?! Really?! Lol… I don’t think I made it through that movie. 😳haha! That’s awesome! And sooo cool you have a little family. We don’t see many in the city, so have to live vicariously when we visit friends.

  10. Kari 2 years ago

    The bunny looks super soft! I once took in two bunnies from the preschool class my youngest attended for spring break. They were so cute! Unfortunately my son broke out in hives EVERYWHERE! Of course it was the weekend and my husband was out of town. I went to CVS to get Benadryl and they wouldn’t let me buy more than 2 bottles! I had to call one of the other families to take the bunnies.. Lol.

    I bet you were a very inquisitive child, full of imagination. A child like that can be challenging for an adult who has lost their ability to imagine but sounds like your mom wasn’t one of them. 😊

    • herschelian 2 years ago

      You probably got off lightly by giving them to other families! Two rabbits (male and female) can produce up to 100 baby rabbits per year – and as they live for about 10-12 yrs , that’s a lot of bunnies! We Brits sent rabbits to Australia back in the day, (they were not indigenous) and they proliferated to such an extent that Australia has been trying to get rid of them ever since; they are cute as anything but quite destructive of young plants/crops.

      • Author

        Oh wow! Yeah…they are quite prolific breeders! Hehe… I remember seeing all those YouTube videos of Rabbit Island in Japan. They swarm you when you arrive! It’s crazy!! 😳🐰🐰🐰🐰🐰🐰🐰🐰

  11. memadtwo 2 years ago

    You always paint very knowing eyes…
    Families definitely need humor to get along. As usual, great story. (K)

    • Author

      Thanks Kerfe!! ❤️😃 I liked painting eyes…I was afraid I drew these too small to come through. Glad you liked them!

  12. Jacob 2 years ago

    A wonderful bunny rabbit, Charlie – definitely looks soft and fit to cuddle to me!

    Haha, Little Charlie strikes again! Perfect. My mother would keep saying that I was adopted and was it too late to go back and swap. She even says this now, though. How cruel, no…? I’ve never forgiven her 😉

    I used to spend hours on Sundays watching Bugs Bunny, followed by some Tom & Jerry… marvellous. I still have loads on VHS somewhere (not that I even have anything to play them on anymore!)

    • Author

      Glad ya like the bunny Jacob! 😃 Yeah…my mom still says these things now too…that’s why I remember them! Lol Oh yes!!! Tom and Jerry too! Loved that as well!

  13. amaryllislog 2 years ago

    Nothing wrong with being a weird kid, nice and unique! Love your rabbit, and a wild one at that!

    • Author

      Thanks Cathe!! ❤️😃 These bunnies I saw were almost tame at this point. But I wasn’t going to try and get between them and their Critter Food to test that theory! Lol😊

  14. Lucy 1 year ago

    Adorable bunny! I remember a bunny being the first painting I ever tried to make, which started my passion for painting 🙂

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