It is a sad tale that I share today – one of a life gone bad.
It all started with a simple bag of edamame seeds given to me by a friend at church to try in the garden.
I planted that bag of edamame right next to my green beans – never dreaming the drama that would unfold because of them.
Those seeds sprouted and grew into sturdy little plants. I weeded them and watered them and watched them with pride.
All the while – in the grass just beyond the garden lurked Little Bunny Fufu – just watching and waiting.
He and two of his buddies made their first move on the morning of Father’s Day. Jan discovered the pesky varmints systematically eating off all the leaves on the edamame.
And I do mean systematically. They started at both ends and worked toward the middle.
The peace and serenity of my garden was shattered as 2 well-aimed gunshots ended the crime spree of Little Bunny Fufu’s friends – but Little Bunny Fufu escaped into the pasture.
He hopped back to his bunny den to mourn his friends and plot revenge.
Meanwhile, we upped our garden patrols and kept the .22 handy.
All was quiet for a few weeks. We spotted bunnies surveying the territory – casually nibbling on the sweet clover in the lawn – but they never venturing into the garden.
They were waiting.
I checked the garden just before we left on our camping trip over the weekend. The edamame were coming back beautifully and the electric fence was hot.
We felt safe in leaving.
And all was safe – until Tuesday.
At some point on Tuesday afternoon one of the rogue squash plants grew just enough to send out a shoot that shorted out the fence.
Little Bunny Fufu was waiting for just such an opportunity. He hopped into the garden with his new gang of outlaws and started systematically to eat the edamame.
I happened to be making my rounds at the time and saw the varmints in action.
I rushed to the workshop where Jan was busy fixing a mower (this time of year Jan is always in the shop fixing a mower!), threw open the door and yelled, “The bunnies are in the garden!”
Had I been more dramatic I would have added, “Avenge my edamame!”
He did. Three shots later three bunny accomplices lay dead near the edamame they craved.
But little Bunny Fufu once again escaped into the tall grass of the pasture.
We sighed and were heading back to the shop when out of the corner of his eye Jan saw movement.
Would you believe it was Little Bunny Fufu heading back to the garden!
He saw Jan and stopped halfway to the fence.
They eyed each other in the heat of the late afternoon.
Then Jan raised his gun and ended the life of the bunny gone bad.
Learn a lesson from Little Bunny Fufu – crime doesn’t pay. Stay on your side of the fence.