Astory is told of a man who was sitting innocently his living room one day when his cat dragged in a little "gift" in its mouth - a dead animal of some sort.
Taking a closer look, he was dismayed to recognize the dead animal to be a rabbit which probably belonged to his good neighbours who supplemented their diet and earnings by raring rabbits in their backyard.
The man felt terrible, believing that his cat had killed one of the neighbours' rabbits.
This man, a very quick-thinker, came up with a plan. Removing from the cat's mouth the dead animal, which by now was a dirty mess, he put it in the kitchen sink. With a little warm water and some of his wife's shampoo, he tried to clean up the dead rabbit as best he could.
It was one of those days when in all certainty through divine intervention, one's spouse is conveniently absent on some errand or other.
While he was at it, he again borrowed his dear wife's hair dryer, converting it temporarily into a "hare dryer" in the literal sense, and blow-dried the rabbit until it looked pretty good. No hair-stylist I know could have done any better.
Satisfied with his efforts, he casually walked into his neighbours' compound with the dead rabbit hidden in his overcoat and after ascertaining that no-one was watching him, he placed it back in the cage.
He had kind of fluffed him up so that he looked very natural there amongst the other live rabbits save for the fact that this rabbit had long since ceased to be, was in fact demised, and if rabbits also meet with their maker after death – he had by now dispensed with that particular heavenly rendezvous, having been clinically dead for some time now.
Come the next morning, the man awoke with a start. Some noises from the neighbours' compound were the cause of his untimely loss of sleep. He looked out the window and noticed an agitated crowd of people gathered around the neighbours' rabbit hutch.
Everyone seemed to be talking and gesticulating. Our main man decided to go over and act like any normal curious neighbour and find out what was going on.
When he got there, the woman of the house said to him,
"Neighbour! You won't believe what has happened! It's a miracle! This rabbit you see all spruced up and but nevertheless dead here, passed away a few days ago, and we buried it over there..."
Have you ever tried to cover up one sin with another? Covering up only makes matters worse. When we get caught doing something wrong, for example, we may attempt to cover it up with a lie.
But just like in the story above, the result is never what we expected. At best, we end up looking foolish and at worst.....only Hon Dr. Ken Lipenga can explain the feeling...