Not funny to rush the bunny!
(Did you get a memo? I didn’t get any memo.)
Can’t really sugar coat this.
Which phrase doesn’t fit?
- Children eagerly waiting, baskets in hand.
- Plush Bunnies, Peeps, and decorated eggs
- The annual Easter Egg Hunt.
- Just get it out of the way.
Perhaps suffering from an early Peeps-induced sugar overload, two news
bunnies women were giggling their way through the day’s stories. Selected out of the basket of events was an early community Easter Egg Hunt.
At the end of the announcement, one
babe anchor turned to the other, smiled, and said perkily, “How wonderful. An early Easter Egg Hunt. Kids will love that. And you can get it out of the way!”
professionally dressed news woman leaned forward and chirped in response, “How great!”
Now is that an odd thing to say:
“Just get it out of the way”?
Why would anyone want to hurry Easter Egg Hunts?
Do Easter Egg Hunts interfere with other Easter Sunday activities?
And there’s that annual “Go stand by the Easter Lillies” picture in your dress-up clothes and new (uncomfortable) shoes. (Stand still, and smile, and then, you can eat the chocolate bunny ear!)
And there’s the big dinner – often with relatives.(Now that’s something requiring some serious clean-up time: might want to just get that over with.)
Is there a big sports game you have to hurry and finish dinner ahead of? (Golf doesn’t count)
Is there an Easter ballet or expensive performance you don’t want to be late to because the tickets cost so darn much? (Well, Christmas has “The Nutcracker” and Christmas Symphonies.)
Maybe without an Easter Egg Hunt, the family could head to the beach earlier…maybe beat some of the traffic? (We should have just planned to go to Easter services at the beach!)
Why would anyone want to hurry past the Annual Easter Egg Hunt?
All the sticky mess and green cellophane basket grass is annoying (especially if the cat eats it and hacks it back up).
But it’s once a year.
Grandparents get to see the grandkids all dressed up and mostly clean for a change – even if it’s just in pictures or on the iPhone. Now it’s true that new “dress-up church clothes” are an expense, but Moms secretly love to dress up their little
dolls kids and show them off. (Even if the “kid” is a chihuahua. There’s something sweet about a pit bull holding an Easter basket!)
Easter is sort of like Christmas without all the pressure to decorate the outside and inside of the house better than the neighbors. Without all the mandatory baking, present buying, and the pressure to really really feel that Christmas spirit! (And the deepening depression that follows when the spirits are too much.)
Easter is more calm. Reserved.
The Easter message a little confusing to little kids -
But they certainly understand Easter Egg Hunts!
And, thanks to marketing, the little darlings have been gazing for weeks at stuffed bunnies and candy displays (the sugary fumes themselves intoxicating). Oh, the excitement builds until they can’t wait!
And children are so cute as they race across the lawns searching for decorated eggs (well, just brush that little slug off. See, it’s fine). The jelly beans spill from plastic eggs. Chocolate soon smears across faces as bunnies have limbs chomped. Knees become grass stained from head-over-heel tumbles when tiny toes trip over rocks or tree roots. But no parent assistance needed as the hunt frenzy drives them on. The shrill squeals of delight. The complaints and shrieks as big brothers reach in and claim the “best” candy (Here, you can have these. No, it doesn’t matter the wrapper is off. No, that’s a dent – not a bite out of it.)
Easter Egg Hunts: as good as it gets for kids!
So please, don’t rush the bunny!
Hop along little bunny,
Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.
“Bunny races: Jump high. Save yourself.” (Post about racing bunnies. Seriously. They do.)
“Not funny bunny.” (post about yet another stray who finds our door – Reunited! Happy Ending!)