Cranky Bunny was just coming into the kitchen when he overheard his mother and Aunt Sarah talking.
“Today is Father’s Day,” said Mother.
“Yes,” said Aunt Sarah. “It is. Have you heard anything from Cranky Bunny’s father?”
“No I haven’t,” said Mother. “I do wish Cranky Bunny had a relationship with his father. Maybe then, he wouldn’t be so cranky.”
“I thought I saw Cranky Bunny’s father the other day,” said Aunt Sarah.
“Where?” asked Mother.
“At the chocolate factory,” said Aunt Sarah.
Cranky Bunny knew where the chocolate factory was. He snuck outside and walked to it as quickly as he could. He wanted to find his father. It had been a few years since he had last seen him.
Cranky Bunny got to the gate of the chocolate factory. He peered through the gate. He saw a lot of bunnies walking back and forth on the loading docks.
“Are you looking for someone?” asked one of the bunnies, who saw Cranky Bunny at the gate.
“I am looking for my father,” said Cranky Bunny. “His name is Joe Bunny.”
“Just a sec,” said the bunny. “I think I just saw him in the warehouse. I will go get him for you.”
“Oh so he works here now,” said Cranky Bunny.
“He just started yesterday,” said the bunny. “From what I understand he was very sick and had been in the hospital for a few years.”
‘”Oh my!” cried Cranky Bunny. “That is terrible.”
“I will go get him for you,” said the bunny.
“Thank you,” said Cranky Bunny.
The bunny walked into the warehouse and a few minutes later, he came back out. Standing behind him was a tall but frail bunny.
“Father!” cried Cranky Bunny. “It’s me, your son, Cranky Bunny.”
“Look at you!” cried Father, making his way to the gate. “You are so grown up. What a handsome bunny you turned out to be!”
Father opened the gate and gave Cranky Bunny a huge warm hug.
“Happy Father’s Day,” said Cranky Bunny.
“Thank you,” said Father.
Cranky Bunny was so happy to see his father.
He found out that this father had been battling cancer for the past few years. He didn’t want to be a burden to anyone so he went through with the treatment alone. He had just been released from the hospital a few days ago. He was hoping to get a few pay cheques in the bank before coming home but he was very glad that Cranky Bunny had found him.
“How did you find me?” asked Father.
“I overheard Aunt Sarah telling Mother that she thought she saw you here a few days ago,” explained Cranky Bunny.
“That must have been when I came to apply for my job here,” said Father. “Where is your mother?”
Cranky Bunny was just going to tell him that Mother was at home when he heard a familiar voice behind him.
“So this is where you went to,” said Mother to Cranky Bunny.
“Margaret!” exclaimed Father. “It is so good to see you!’
“Joe!” cried Mother, giving him a hug.
Father explained to her about the cancer and how he didn’t want to be a burden and how he wanted to get a few pay cheques ahead of him before he contacted her.
“Nonsense,” said Mother. “Cranky Bunny and I need you, not your money. You come home right after work today. After all, it is Father’s Day and a father should spend it with his loved ones.”
“Thank you,” said Father, tears streaming down his face. “This is going to be the best Father’s Day ever.”
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