Etwas the Elf

Etwas the Elf
Our heroine, photo by Maia Ycot

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The elf and brer rabbit

Once upon a time, Etwas the Elf was running through the forests of grass, under the canopies of clover and around the stems of tall flowers when she spotted a rabbit eating the leaves from a wild rose.

"Hi, Brer Rabbit,why eat rose leaves when there is kale and cabbage around?" she asked, bopping him on the head.

"Roses are more poetic," sniffed the bunny.  "Besides, cabbage gives me gas."

"Don't the thorns poke you?" the Elf asked.

"That's what makes it romantic!"

Etwas wound her elfin way up a stem and picked some of the hips where the blossoms had been.  She tossed each one down in turn and explained, "these are sweet and rich in vitamin C."

"No no," said Brer Rabbit.  "Nutrition is the opposite of poetry."

"Hmm," thought Etwas, and then, "wait here."  She scampered off and came back with each hand shoved into the little hole at the bottom of a raspberry and one more raspberry over her head like a russian hat.  The elf bent over, extended her arms and delivered all three.  "These are sweet.  For energy!"

"No no," complained the rabbit again, "sugar is no substitute for bunny love.  I get my sweetness from other bunnies' eyes."

Frustrated, the elf went away and came back dragging a carrot.  She laid it down in front of Brer Rabbit who explained "Sister elf, a carrot is vitamins and calories, but a rabbit lives on dreams."  The bunny gathered all of Etwas' harvest into a pile.

Again the elf went away and when she came back, she was carrying a stone which she dropped in the middle of the bunny's pile of food.  "No sugar, no vitamins, no fiber and you can use it to serenade the other bunnies by drumming a song with your nose."

"I thought maybe you'd bring a potato," Brer Rabbit sulked.

And ever since then, Etwas the Elf leaves salads for the solitary.


  1. if Etwas the elf ever figures out the secret to getting Brer Rabbit to eat nutritious fruits and vegetables, please do pass it on. I have my very own Brer Rabbit who thinks the only worthy foods on the planet are chocolate milk, hot dogs, and popcorn. Frustrating indeed!

  2. If Etwas the elf can figure out how to make her daddy eat nutritious fruits and vegetables, I'm sure she can help.