Friday, June 20, 2008

10 Famous Forebears

10 rabbits that should be at my holiday family gatherings. Imagine these 10+ fellows around the kitchen table, talking over turkey and punch.

1. Rabbit from A. A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh
2. Peter Rabbit
3. The Velveteen Rabbit
4. The White Rabbit from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in the Wonderland
5. Thumper from the Disney movie Bambi
6. Bunnicula from Bunnicula
7. Marshmallow from Clare Turley Newberry’s 1942 picture book Marshmallow
8. Roger Rabbit (Because everyone loves the crazy uncle.)
9. Bugs Bunny (Because two crazy uncles are better than one.)
10. The entire cast of Andy Riley’s The Book of Bunny Suicides

The table will be divided into three distinct sections. There will be Peter Rabbit and the Velveteen Rabbit in one corner talking in hushed disaproving British voices while casting occasional glances at the far side of the side. There, Bugs Bunny and Roger Rabbit will be egging the cast of The Book of Bunny Suicides to do dangerous stunts with Peter Rabbit's mother's best china and silverware. The White Rabbit and Rabbit from Winnie the Pooh will be worrying about their stock portfolios, wallowing through dinner because they must get to work and do more important things. Bunnicula will be sucking on a carrot and Thumper will be doing a drum roll. Marshmallow will be asleep quietly in a chair.

The night will end in at least one fist fight and one hospitalization and wonderful memories. The best kind of family reunion.

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