Monday, April 28, 2014
I hope you have had a wonderful Passover, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and a Happy Easter. I hope you had a wonderful sunrise service. Celebration of the Holiest day should be joyful for all involved.
This past week has been filled with spring breaks from school and of course, Easter egg hunts.
Lovers of the almanac and gardeners have been saying that we will have a cold snap right before Easter. Farmers have been revved up to plant for more than a month. Corn is in the ground and starting to grow. The tobacco guys are a little nervous. Some of the tobacco is in danger of getting a coating of frost. “I told those boys about planting before Easter.”
What I don't know is where did all the Easter egg stuff originate? I've never questioned having an Easter egg hunt. I never did understand where the Easter Bunny came from. Still, it's great fun to go to an Easter egg hunt. The thrill of finding eggs is irresistible. The thought of getting the prize egg is an even sweeter experience.
Part of it has to be the retail industry. Selling merchandise, candy and new spring outfits has to play into this somewhere. We have to have a retail event between Valentine's Day and Mother's day.
Maybe the clothing industry just picked a day to roll out the spring suits. I do have a picture of my family in our Easter outfits. My dad and my brother both have on these funky hats. Of course I had a hat also. My mother and sister had on matching dresses. It was the finest of pictures from the early 60s. Sometimes you just wish things could be that way again.
I have been to one Easter egg hunt this year. It was a glorious event. Kids were running around fueled by candy corn and could hardly wait for the hunt to begin.
Several people were gathering eggs to hide them in the yard. A couple of the adults were coaching the children on how to hunt the eggs. “Eggs are not in bird nests or up in the air. The Easter Bunny places the eggs close to the ground.”
The egg hiders were getting instructions on where to hide the eggs. The boundaries of the hunt were decided on. The big question was whether to make the eggs hard to find. Some of the kids voted for making the hunt difficult. Many of the adults agreed. “This is an egg hunt not an egg look.” “We don't want eggs just laying out on the yard. There has to be some real hunting going on.”
The hunt always starts with squeals of delight. The adults are trying to decide whether they hid 62 eggs or 68 eggs. The kids are running around looking for a combination of plastic, hard boiled or wooden eggs.
The wooden eggs are the ones that really baffle me. You can put a prize in the plastic eggs and you can eat the hard boiled eggs. Your mother is going to take the wooden egg from you and keep it in a drawer until next year.
After the hunt, the eggs are counted several times to see if all the eggs have been found. Fifty-eight eggs found mean that either four or 10 eggs remain in the yard somewhere. The prize egg was found.
The kids run around again looking. The hiders join in also. Sixty-five eggs have been found. There are more eggs out there but now it's getting dark. Only three eggs are unaccounted for. That's a good result. Some of the adults at this party can hide their own eggs.
These Easter egg hunts teach many lessons. You have to search hard for rewards in life as well as an Easter egg hunt. That's why all the Easter egg hunts should be difficult.
Life is that way too. That's why it's an egg hunt not an egg look.