With all due respect for religious beliefs around Christianity and passover, I want to state up front that this thread is not meant to address the
meaning of Easter nor to detract from that.
Rather, in keeping with the celebratory mood, whether religiously or seasonally motivated, what I want to explore in particular is the Easter egg
One of my earliest memories when I was little, concerned Easter. At my place it meant I could go outside in my shoes and feel the crunch of sand on
the sidewalk as I walked to church with my family. Every step felt magical as I slowly accustomed myself to walking without boots once again. As the
crunching sound echoed a little louder against some building fronts we passed, I remember smiling and swinging my arms in excitement.
When we returned home there was a basket of wrapped salt water taffies on the table. There was some chocolate too. However it all paled next to the
feeling of the crunching sand and shedding of the winter boots.
By the time I had children of my own, Easter baskets were the norm and egg hunts were becoming the thing to do. My kids of course wanted that too,
and like any parent who loves to see the excitement on children's faces, I tried my best.
Did I mention that we had pets? How to hide eggs, jelly beans and wrapped chocolates without the pets getting into them? I was also a single parent,
so I could not rely on anyone to do one thing while I did another. Timing was crucial and vital. If I were to have hidden the candy the night
before, the animals would have conducted a nighttime raid and left nothing for the little ones, never mind that chocolate and pets do not mix.
I thought about it for a while and when the little ones were in bed, I set about hiding stuff in places the animals would not get into. The
toothpaste drawer, peanut butter jar, cutlery drawer were safe places, and I tried to place them in sites I thought would provide a near-even stash
for them all.
I set my alarm to put the dog out around six-forty in the morning. Any later and the kids would be up for sure. The cat would be put out at the same
time. At that hour though, the dog would merely sniff the air a few times, go to the nearest tree to lift his leg and then bark loudly to come back
inside, and his barking would wake the children. There was still snow on the ground so he wasn't apt to lie down and bask in the rising sun just
yet. This would give me only a couple of minutes to hide goodies in plain sight and place a basket containing one larger item next to their beds. I
planned my run through the house and dropped things here and there, on tables, counter top, chairs and things, behind lamps and well, you know the
The animals were put out and by the time the dog began to bark, I still had some items to hide. Knowing that if he continued to bark, the folks next
door would be disturbed, I ran to the door. The children stirred and were soon calling out to each other. I was trapped with a last handful of items
to hide. This last handful was the designated evener-stash, the ones that would insure that each got the same amount as the other, or close enough so
that they all felt happy about the outcome. I had to let the animals in, so I did the best I could while the kids came running down the stairs.
Unbeknownst to me though, a jelly bean -ONE- fell into one of the kids' boots that was by the back door. To this day they tell their friends that I
hid things in their shoes and boots. Kids!
So that's my tale. I'd love to read how you plan your hunts, what conspiracy planning goes on between partners/parents -.ATS people love
conspiracies. I love to read about any other fun Easter memories you have too.