When I was in high school, I had a book I loved very much. It told the story of female Siamese cat called “Fifi Grey Whiskers” and that lived like a Tibetan lama. The author was Lobsang Rampa, I read several of his books at the same time.
When I was 14, my friend Eugenia brought me a gift, which ended up being one of the best I ever had in my life: a brown bunny, with a white leg and a white mark that covered half of her body. She was so small, she could fit in one of my hands.
After much thinking and since I thought it was a female, the best name I could come up with was “Fifi Grey Whiskers”, in honor of the famous cat. Fifi was special from the very first day. She would jumped around everywhere, even on my lap.
It was wonderful seeing this little bunny hopping all around the house and hopping back to me as soon as I called for her I would take her on a stroll sometimes in the little pocket of my shirt.
This little bunny grew up rapidly and became a full-fledge… male rabbit. It was anyways too late to change her/his name, Fifi would stay Fifi forever.
At the same time, we moved in my grandparents’ apartment where there was a small terrace connecting to my bedroom. Fifi used to jump from the window to my bed, he came and went as he wished. Scratching the window with his two legs when he wanted to come in.
He ate almost everything, including things that are not good for rabbits today, like chocolate, flowers, bread and fruits…
When I went on a trip, my mother and grandmother took care of him since they loved him very much as well. He was very happy to see me whenever I came back.
Author: Helena Aroyo