Chapter Two, Tea Party In The Garden

“Nana?”

“Yes, dear.”

“How long have you and Jenkins been friends?”

“Goodness me, Abigale. A long time. Truth be told, we weren’t always friends.”

This surprised me. “Really? I didn’t know that.”

“You see, this was Jenkins’ home long before I decided to make it my garden. I’m sure Jenkins was not too excited about the changes I was making. At the same time, I was not excited about a rabbit in my garden. All gardeners know, rabbits love to eat young plants and can quickly destroy a garden.”

Hearing his name Jenkins’ ears began to twitch, he sat up, and licked lemonade from his teacup. Nana went on with her story.

“It was not until I installed the bird feeder next to the linden tree that Jenkins and I became friends. You see, birds are messy eaters. Weeds grow from the seeds that birds drop on the ground. To my surprise, and I must say, delight, Jenkins volunteered to eat what sprouted from the seeds before they became weeds.” Nana smiled at Jenkins who had pink lemonade dripping from his whiskers.

“We have a rabbit in our garden. He eats everything. Daddy says he wishes we had a Jenkins. He calls Jenkins a miracle.”

That made Nana smile. “Would you care for a cookie?” Nana held the cookie plate for me. I took three. One for me. One for Kathy, and one for Jenkins.

“Nana?”

“Yes, my dear.”

“What magic have you seen in your garden?”

“Well, that is an interesting story that I think Jenkins should tell.”

I giggled. “Jenkins can’t talk, Nana.”

Nana pretended to be offended.

“I’m pretty sure I’ve heard Jenkins talk. Of course, I am a very good listener!”

I looked at Jenkins. He was sound asleep, cookie crumbs on his whiskers. Big puffy clouds covered the sun. It was getting chilly. I climbed onto Nana’s lap. Nana smelled like the sheets hung outside to dry, fresh and clean. She wrapped a warm blanket around us.

“Take a closer look. That sly rabbit sleeps with one eye open. He doesn’t miss a thing. In fact, it was Jenkins who introduced me to the magic in my garden. I will never forget that

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