Friday, April 18, 2014

Easter Egg-citement

Image by Grant Cochrane

Sunday is Easter. It is a wonderful, joyous day for Christians. It marks our salvation, it is rebirth, and renewal. In effect, a do-over. I'm glad to hear Little Man say "Jesus died on the cross for our sins" and "Jesus rose from the tomb and went to heaven to be with God." I realize he doesn't quite grasp the concepts of resurrection, or sin, or sacrifice, or love so great it transcends death, but he is beginning to learn. Right now, as with Christmas, he is more focused on the secular side of Easter.

This is his fourth Easter. The first one, we didn't celebrate except to go to church. He wasn't walking yet, so Easter egg hunting wasn't on the agenda. We avoided the Easter Bunny because it scared the devil out of him (it is kinda creepy when you think about it).  This year, he's a pro at Easter. He was talking and waving to the Easter Bunny in the mall. He's pulled out all of his books about Easter including one from Grandma that plays the "Here Comes Peter Cottontail" tune over and over and over again. He is a master at finding the plastic eggs and even more so, opening them to harvest the candy. He is beside himself with the anticipation of the Easter Bunny bringing him an Easter basket!

We're not big on candy for the Little Man (or the Big Man either for that matter). So, every year the Easter Bunny must get creative with what to put in the basket. Last year he got pencils and coloring books and Play-Doh. Sure, a few pieces of chocolate and some jelly beans but not enough to last until Halloween. This year, the basket will be appointed with other fun things and activities that he will like. Or, so I hope. I hope the Easter Bunny got my message.

Tonight, we are going to color Easter Eggs. He did it last year with Granddad and he surprised me by telling me he wanted to color a red and purple egg like he did with Granddad. So, we will color eggs. Who knows, maybe this will prompt him to eat one. And we will have egg salad for lunches all week. Yay.

I wish you a very Happy Easter and hope your basket is full!

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