Since the beginning I was always really keen on the idea of our rabbit carrying a leaf. Originally this was just as a cute little accessory, but since we implemented the rain, we decided that it would be used as an umbrella.
After reading several articles (and from my own personal experience) I realised that the leaf umbrella would serve as a nice metaphor for a comfort item.
Comfort items are very common and are used to help cope with stressful situations. As a child this could have been a blanket or a soft toy. Adults would probably find comfort in an item on their person. They would probably fiddle with their necklaces or twiddle their rings. A common comfort item in this period of time is a smartphone. A lot of anxious people usually find a small amount of sanctuary when they retreat to their mobile devices as an escape from the noisy and overwhelming modern world.
The common denominator in all these items is that they are physical and you can feel them. The movie Inception (2010) touched upon this topic with the “totems”:
The totems were used in the movie to let the bearer know whether or not they were still dreaming. In other worlds, they anchored them to reality.
The leaf, I thought, acted as a very good comfort item for the rabbit, as she acts braver when she holds it, and breaks down when she no longer feels it’s weight in her paws.