In which we celebrate Saturday Stories: a tale about Rabbit

It's my turn to host the radio show tomorrow morning, and in honor of Easter Sunday, I'll be featuring all kinds of stories about rabbits.  Br'er Rabbit, Peter Rabbit, maybe even a story about the Rabbit in the Moon...

Knowing that many of my readers are SHE ("Survivors of Higher Education"), I thought this would be a good story to share with y'all. It was sent to me by a storyteller on the Storytell listserv.  Enjoy!

(Oh, and if you want to listen to the rabbit stories, tune your computer to http://www.kser.org/ on Sunday morning between 9 and 11am, Pacific time and click on the "listen now" button)



The Rabbit's Story : a one-act play

Scene: It's a beautiful day in the forest; and a rabbit is sitting outside his burrow, typing away on his laptop. Along comes a fox, out for a walk.

Fox: What are you working on?

Rabbit: My dissertation to graduate from University.

Fox: Hmmm, what is it about?

Rabbit: Oh, I'm writing about how rabbits eat foxes.

There is an incredulous pause.

Fox: Don't be ridiculous! Any fool knows that rabbits don't eat foxes!

Rabbit: Oh, yeah? Come with me and I'll show you.

They both disappear in Rabbit's burrow. After a few minutes, rabbit emerges alone, gnawing on a fox bone. He resumes typing. After a while, along comes a wolf.

Wolf: What are you working on?

Rabbit: My dissertation to graduate from University.

Wolf: Hmmm, what is it about?

Rabbit: Oh, I'm writing about how rabbits eat wolves.

There is another incredulous pause.

Wolf: Don't be ridiculous! Any fool knows that rabbits don't eat wolves!

Rabbit: Oh, yeah? Come with me and I'll show you.

They both disappear in Rabbit's burrow. After a few minutes, rabbit emerges alone, gnawing on a wolf bone. He resumes typing. After a while, along comes a bear.

Bear: What are you working on?

Rabbit: My dissertation to graduate from University.

Bear: Hmmm, what is it about?

Rabbit: Oh, I'm writing about how rabbits eat bears.

There is an incredulous pause.

Bear: Don't be ridiculous! Any fool knows that rabbits don't eat bears!

Rabbit: Oh, yeah? Come with me and I'll show you.

Scene: Inside the rabbit's burrow. In one corner, there is a pile of fox bones. In another corner is a pile of wolf bones. In the third corner crouches a huge lion, belching and picking his teeth.

The Morals of the Story:

1. It doesn't matter what topic you choose for a dissertation


2. It doesn't matter what you use for your data


3. It doesn't even matter if your topic makes sense


4. All that really matters is WHO you have for a dissertation supervisor.

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