Wednesday, December 14, 2011

a sad day for the Lead Rabbit

The tearing winds flung so much salt from the sea up against our windows during that latest storm that we can barely see out.

Indeed, we can't go out either, as Pink Daughter is poorly and staying in bed.  She was to be the Lead Rabbit in tonight's school play, but some other rabbit will be first to the lettuce-field instead.

[angel, not relevant to rabbit]

It's a sad day for a six year old who had memorized everyone's lines and schemed long and hard to be allocated the best ears, who is peering feebly through the salted white windowpanes at the headlights making their way west: carloads of unfeverish rabbits and their proud parents heading for the parish-hall stage, and glory.

"Life will yield many opportunities to be the Lead Rabbit," I assure her, but she is not convinced.



46 comments:

  1. Oh no Mise,
    Poor Pink Daughter....there's nothing worse than illness preventing one's performance and having to hand the glory over to the understudy !!
    There will be more far better and fulfilling parts to be had in the future !....and, I'm sure that Father Christmas will be helping Pink Daughter over this hurdle by showering her with extra pressies ! XXXX

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  2. Poor little Pinkie. With that image, I thought you meant 'lead glass rabbit' for a minute.

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  3. Oh poor little bunny...I hope she hops to it and recovers very quickly.

    How close are you to the sea?

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  4. That is a complete bugger! Speedy recovery to Pink D. And I bet the replacement isn't anywhere near as good as she would have been :) Which is probably not the message you're trying to give her, but satisfying nonetheless ;)

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  5. Oh dear Mise, my heart is aching for Pink Daughter. This compares to missing ones flight to attend the Academy Awards.
    Wishing her a speedy recovery and perhaps a day in the city will bring cheer.
    xx

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  6. That's a heartbreaking tale. I hope she feels better soon. My sons would've cheered for joy if they had been taken ill before their speech and drama performance. Some people like Pink Daughter are just born for the stage. xx

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  7. I also memorized all the script in my first Christmas play.

    I was 7 or 8 and was able to coach the 7th and 8th graders from underneath the "dining room table".

    This skill has served me well in the intervening years.

    It's all in the memorizing not the acting.

    She'll learn.

    Until then, a hug from me, k?

    xo Jane

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  8. Tell PInk daughter from me that some of the greatest of actors were sidelined for a wee-wiley. Her day to shine is just a sunny day away. Although I highly doubt my words of dribble with comfort a young lass who's worked so hard for such an important role and night.

    I hope she's feeling like her happy self in time for Santa!

    xx Deb

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  9. But it is, all irony aside, so important to learn how to deal with the day when one isn't the Lead Rabbit. To learn to bounce back. So Pink Daughter, this is a good thing. Really.

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  10. I feel for Pink Daughter. That is the kind of disappointment that lasts a lifetime. Don't ask how I know, as it's still a bit raw.

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  11. I am charmed. I think you're right, Pink Daughter will have her chances. Perhaps next time it will even be Lead Pony.

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  12. Is there a little bit of you that is relieved not to have go out into the stormy night and sit through a children's play? I know I would be, but maybe other mothers are more self-sacrificing than me. It wouldn't be difficult.

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  13. It's not much comfort I know, but at least this may mean she is spared the lurgy on the other Big Day having got it out of the way early. My son (The Angel Gabriel) fell against the costumes rail at Nursery School and split his lip and was in casualty for his big moment.

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  14. My heart is in a puddle for sweet Pink D...such determination and fortitude in study and preparation are signs of a delightfully sincere, and trustworthy character, which is something to be very, proud of.
    I'm so very sorry, and wish her a very speedy recovery in heart, body, and spirit.
    xo J~

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  15. Oh bless her little pink cotton socks. I hope all is well very very soon.

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  16. Hello Mise:
    Oh we do so feel for the poorly, feverish Pink Daughter to be denied the opportunity of becoming Lead Rabbit. And there is probably little you can offer in the way of comfort for disappointment and grief in the young is always so profoundly felt.

    Whatever, we do hope that she will soon be better and, at the same time, gentle rain will wash away the salt from your windows and that there will be wonderful, bright days ahead.

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  17. Many opportunities to be the Lead Rabbit, but how many to wear the best ears?

    I hope the sad and feverish pink bunny soon recovers from the disappointment.

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  18. Oh, I feel so sad for Pink Daughter. I hope she has another chance to wear her rabbit ears soon.

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  19. How disappointing for her, poor lambie. Hope she feels better soon.

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  20. It's true, Sue, there is always a small part of me that's glad to miss anything social, and stay in by the fire instead. I try not to encourage this part, though.

    Chania, the sea is down the hill, a 10 minute stroll or a shorter clamber through the fields.

    Lucille, that's an even sadder story.

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  21. Gosh life doles out some crook things at times. Pink Daughter's time will come around again, in the meantime lots of cuddles & there-there's from Mummy are a priority.
    Millie xx

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  22. Ah - poor baby bunny. After all that hard work. You should make a stage for her, once she has recovered, and allow her to fulfill her dream and act out her role for you to see. Stay warm and dry out west, the temperatures are dropping with haste.

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  23. Oh dear, get her to perform her part at home for you when she is feeling better and take some photos or a video may help make up for her disappointment?

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  24. awh! thats's terrible, i bet she'll make up for it next year. big get well wishes being magically sent westward

    my friends daughter learnt all her lines as joseph only to be told at the last hour that she was now going to be the donkey.....now she wasn't a happy bunny either .

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  25. Will Lead Rabbit be her gateau cake, a lost opportunity never forgotten?

    Maybe a home baked goodie or some artificial yogurt will ease the loss.

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  26. That is a sad and sorry tale - my own second penguin from the left made a fine fist of her part in acting out 'Eddy the Penguin Saves the World' a Christmas story of Global Warming'. She would have hated to miss it and I feel so bad for little Pinks disappointment - maybe some pastel colored lego from Santa would help to heal her broken heart?

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  27. A big hug to Pink Mademoiselle. I am tempted to make her a Pink rabbit just to cheer her up.

    Even as a wise(cough, splutter, choke, hoots of laughter)adult it is hard to reason with oneself when an opportunity slips through one's hands but for such a small soul.

    Children bounce back very quickly and I am sure life with a mother like Mise is full of JOY and possibilities and soon she will latch onto something else.

    Pour yourself a warming drink tonight when she is in bed and savour the quiet.

    Stephanie

    ps We used to live off the coast of Normandy in a fishing village and the sea was 20 metres away. You've brought it all back to me.....

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  28. The poor little mite - but I know you will find some marvellous way to make her feel better after missing the show!!

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  29. Oh dear, I am sorry for your little one. She will be a future shining star, no doubt at all!!

    Please some and enter the Grand Finale Holiday Giveaway from Greyfreth! You will love it!

    xoxo
    Karena

    Art by Karena

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  30. oh shame, poor little rabbit. I too have a sicky girl here who may miss Santa at her school tomorrow. But was told 'Even if I can't talk or walk, I'm going to school'! great read!

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  31. Oh no. This is sad. Poor Pink Daughter. I hope she feels better soon and I hope she will be Lead _____ (something even better than Rabbit) in the near future.

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  32. So sorry for the pink bunny--and children have no perspective, so anything we say really won't make them feel better about it. She's lucky to have you, though. Such a cozy mother.

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  33. Keep wearing the ears, Pink Daughter! We know that you are Real And Proper Lead Rabbit. That other one is only chancing her arm.

    (Girl2 one wore a sling for 3 weeks after it had been deemed medically unnecessary, because what do doctors know? Small girls know the Truth Of Things)

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  34. That is very sad :( I hope she is better in body and feelings now xx

    (I did read 'lead' to be the metal at first though. This has also given rise to interesting misunderstandings when I see signs such as 'Dogs on lead'.)

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  35. Ahh...so unfortunate,but what a grand opportunity for her to do a solo at home, all decked, maybe invite some friends to see her? And, incidentally, that angel is beautiful!

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  36. Maybe this bunny rabbit sewing pattern could bring some cheer to a sad pink bunny
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/75190700/rabbit-pdf-pattern-bunny-rabbit-sewing
    (Not very techie, don't know how to put a link in a comment)

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  37. I hope she's feeling better now! Maybe you can recreate her school play in your house ;)

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  38. Poor POOR little lead rabbit. I cannot tell this terrible story to my own Pink daughter or she would be awash with tears of sympathy. Just before Christmas too. :(
    Could we send her a consolation prize?

    xxx

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  39. Oh the poor thing! I agree though- I would improvise a solo performance for family and friends topped with pink cupcakes and hot chocolate. We could all come couldn't we :)))?!

    Hope she recovers quickly!

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  40. Poor kid...how disappointing for her!
    x
    Melissah

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  41. This is so disappointing for your daughter. I know how seriously they take their plays. I hope she feels better soon.
    Angela

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  42. Oh poor little lead rabbit. I hope she is feeling better Mise, and I hope she has recovered somewhat from the disappointment more than anything else. I'm sure the play was not nearly the same without her !

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  43. Oh! Such disappointment at such a young age. I do hope she is feeling better and looking toward next years play...and a bigger better pair of ears.

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