Check it Out: The Year of the Rabbit

Submitted by J. Johnston on Wed, 01/11/2023 - 07:30

It’s the Year of the Rabbit, astrologically speaking. According to the Chinese zodiac, 2023 is represented by the rabbit, which is the fourth animal in a 12-year cycle of animals. I don’t pretend to follow or understand Chinese astrology, but I do think it’s interesting to see which animal represents a new year. It so happens that I was born in the Year of the Snake. I’m not sure how I feel about that.

Because it’s all about the rabbit this year, I propose adding rabbit/bunny/hare-related items to your TBR (to be read) and TBW (to be watched) piles. I’m suggesting “rabbity” titles for both kids and adults, as well as a couple books about the Chinese zodiac. Mix and match as you please.

My experience with bunnies is limited but charming. By the way, I prefer the term “bunny” because it is way more fun to say and write than “rabbit.” So, our property is home to many bunny families, and I get a kick out of watching them chase each other in the springtime. Bunnies are zippy! But I think their eyesight isn’t very good, because one of these zippy bunnies nearly ran into my leg while I was sitting on our patio. My other close encounter with a bunny happened in a tile store in Portland. That’s right—a tile store. As my husband and I entered the store, a large, white bunny cruised past us and continued to roam around the store as we strolled the aisles. This was pretty great, but that wasn’t the best part. The bunny’s owner was standing next to the checkout counter as we were making our purchase, and the bunny jumped from the floor into her arms. Love, love, love.

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