Regarding the Easter Bunny
We were always away on vacation for Easter when I was a kid, and for one reason or another The Bunny didn't make it to Florida. There was a feeble attempt at hiding eggs for my cousins and me one year early on, but an egg that was nestled in the cushions of the couch at our rental house was sat upon, thereby marking the end of that ritual. The only traditions left were ham, bloody mary's, and my grandmother's story about how, as a kid, she ate an entire chocolate bunny and then threw up which, she believed, was her punishment for lying to her mother about what happened to the candy.
My daughter is two this year, and my parents, at whose house we are staying for Easter, have decided this is the year to introduce her to The Bunny. Because I am mother to a why-year-old, I have been forced to examine the finer nuances of spring's favorite mascot.
I had heard my mother casually throwing around the term "Easter Bunny" when speaking to Ella, but I curious about what my daughter actually took away from their conversations. On the way home from a quick trip to my brother's house yesterday I decided to find out.
"Hey buddy, who's going to come to Nana Mimi's house tomorrow if you're good?" I led.
"The Easter Bunny!" was her reply. "Mommy and the Easter Bunny are my best friends," she added.
"What's the Easter Bunny going to do?" I further probed.
"Play ring around the rosy with me and then I will give him a hug and share my toys with him because the Easter Bunny loves toys."
Clearly I wasn't asking the right questions about his functionality.
"But what about the eggs you made?" I tried.
"I think the Easter Bunny is going to love my eggs and eat them all up and he'll be so happy because I love him."
"He's going to eat the eggs?" That certainly made more sense than hide them from her.
"Yes. I love the Easter Bunny. He's my best friend." That was fast. She didn't even really know who the Easter Bunny was until a few days ago.
"He's my best and best and best friend," she further clarified.
"What does the Easter Bunny look like?" I asked as we pulled into the driveway.
"He looks like a bunny or something." Good enough for me.
Before Ella went to bed last night my mom had her set a giant bowl of colored eggs in the middle of the living room floor. Unlike the milk and cookies which at least provide Santa sustenance for the tasks ahead, I'm still not sure of the exact purpose of this offering. I listened as my mom reassured my daughter the Easter Bunny would come to her house while Ella was sleeping and, for some undisclosed reason, hide these pastel hunks of hard boiled protein throughout the house. Why and how he would do such a thing was undisclosed, yet unquestioned by my two-year-old. I've had twenty-five more years of experience with how the world works, though, and I had some questions of my own. I would like to know how this rabbit gets into the house so as to protect my home from possible unfriendly rodent invasions. Does he burrow? Break a window? Or simply walk through the front door? I'm fascinated by how it all works and want to know more, but my mother shot me the shut-up eye when I asked for details, so I must accept the fact that I exchanged the childhood magic of The Bunny for some SPF 50 and sand in my crack.
In an hour we'll haul my daughter, along with a forty pound bag of distractions, to church, where I'll spend my time coaxing her to quietly color, eat snacks, and look at books so as not to distract others. If she's good, The Bunny might break into her grandparents' house and hide a bowl full of hard boiled eggs from her.
Sunday, April 8, 2007
Regarding the Easter Bunny