A gruesome new chapter was nearly added to The Velveteen Rabbit Wednesday when a 3-year-old girl dropped her stuffed bunny, Nummy, on the tracks at the Green Stop in Boston's Jamaica Plain neighborhood. As Nummy languished on the tracks, waiting for an oncoming train to grind his cotton-polyester blend tummy to dust, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority worker Fannie Matchette called the station operator, who then passed the firefighter bucket full of bunny-saving water to the operator of the oncoming train in time to save Nummy and his 3-year-old companion Riley Carey-Brown's faith in humanity.
Riley's mother Casey told the Boston Herald that her daughter was understandably upset that she'd condemned her oldest cribmate to certain death by dropping him on the tracks. "I told her," wrote Carey-Brown, "we could just get her another one or something, trying to fix the situation, and she said 'No way, that's my friend. I need my friend and now he's going to get squished by the train.'" A kid just can't live with that kind of guilt, which is why it's good that Boston's conscientious transit workers saved Nummy's life. Now little Riley can learn an important lesson about the slow ravages of old age by watching her best friend's soft fur and genial features slowly erode over time. Sorry if that last bit is a little harsh, but I miss my Foo Foo.
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