Once upon a time in a land not so far away...
Actually not far from my home is a park that my husband and I go hiking. Recently we choose one of the less traveled paths as we often do. We enjoy these paths as we are more likely to see more nature. On this day I saw a bright red mushroom a short way from the path. I walked over to it and knelt down next to it. It was so pretty. As I knelt down, I decided to re-tie my shoe. As I did my elbow accidently touched the cap of the mushroom.
Poof! Quick as a flash, I found myself kneeling in front of the mushroom only the mushroom towered over me. I stood up and looked around. I was stunned by this turn of events. It was then that I heard, "Howdy!"
Shaking my head I looked closely at the mushroom and I noticed a white rabbit wearing a purple coat and hat. He was dressed very dapper. "I'm Herbert. I'm the manager here. This is my wife Oliva. I assume you are here for a tour."
A tour, I thought, mmm - well why not. "Sure, yes, I am here for the tour, my name is Preble. Nice to meet you."
Deliveries, I thought, mmm, but didn't have a chance to ask as Herbert was walking ahead.
We visited the first floor which Hebert said was a shop and place for the rabbits to take a break. He didn't explain what sort of shop, but I really admired how colorful the wares were in the baskets.
I was still confused, so I asked, "What exactly is it that is done here?"
"Oh, we color the eggs and send them out to be delivered," he replied.
"Awesome, I had no idea." I was still not totally sure what was going on. I mean rabbits and eggs, I knew the stories, but never gave much validity to them.
Herbert was a fast mover so I didn't have much time to ponder on this.
We floated up to the floor above and he said, "This is our machine to shrink or unshink."
"Shrink machine?" I asked.
He replied, "Yes, we color the eggs here in the mushroom and then we unshrink to go out and deliver."
"Did you use the machine on me so I could visit?" I figured there had to be some sort of explanation as to why I was small enough to fit inside a mushroom - even one that was as tall as this one.
Herbert replied, "Yes, when you touched the mushroom it triggered the system. But you knew that or you wouldn't be here, right?"
"Oh, yes, of course, I did. Not sure what I was thinking asking." I think there was a mix up and he didn't know I wasn't supposed to be here. I hope that whoever shows up later won't have problems. "I was just asking because I wanted to understand how it works."
"Oh, I can't tell you that. It is bunny science. It was developed many centuries ago. To be honest I can't explain it." he replied.
We next moved up to the 3rd floor - the coloring room.
Next we moved up to the 4th floor. Here was a nursery. Herbert explained that some of the rabbits needed care as their mothers went out delivering eggs. It wasn't a place for them to be born, so more like a daycare.
After visiting the nursery, Herbert took me outside and we walked around. He wanted to show me Grant's garden. Grant is the gardener.
On the stone pathway I saw Fred in the eggcart. Herbert explained the eggcarts were for the rabbits who couldn't get around on their own. That's Ray on the bike. He just got it as was so proud to wheel it around.
After meeting everyone, I remembered where I had been before being shrunk. I told Herbert it was time for me to go. I was afraid that my hubby was worried about me. It was terrible I hadn't even thought of him the whole time I was taking my tour.
No sooner than I started to ask, "How do I get back?" and Poof! I was back.
I stood up and looked around. My husband was just ahead. I ran up to him and said, "You won't believe what just happened...."