Easter Bunnies Are Skeery…

April 11, 2010

As with Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny often looks like an over-sized cartoon villain, with fur and a mask to conceal his true motives… “Want some candy, little boy?”  It’s totally appropriate for small children to cry when stuck onto that monster’s lap and laughed at.

Hayden, however, is getting old enough to know there just might be something in it for him, but he’s not sure what it is, yet.  The Easter Bunny came to Hayden’s kindergym class.  He watched the older 3 and 4 year olds aggressively get in line for a chance to pose on Bunny’s lap and, most importantly, get some candy.  I asked if he wanted to go see the Easter Bunny, that I would go with him if he wanted.  He shrug me off and gave me a look that said, “Back off, Mom- I’m trying to pay attention, here.”  He watched closely as each child took his turn, as inch by inch he moved closer to where The Bunny sat.  His fingers were twitching with excitement and uncertainty (I have seen him do this before when he wants so badly to reach out and touch something but knows he probably shouldn’t).

I again asked, “Do you want Mommy to go with you to see the Easter Bunny?”  Again, he shrugged me off, almost pushing me away, and inched closer to The Bunny.  Finally, he stood at The Bunny’s right side and allowed his kindergym teacher to set him on Bunny’s lap.  There were no tears, only an open-eyed stare, like he was in disbelief.  It was the same stare I got when he met Santa at the mall back in November (see below).  Hayden was brave and indulged us with several pictures.

As with a lot of things, Hayden is up for it- but only with independence, and on his terms.  And when the Easter Bunny gave him a small wrapped candy, he tossed it to me like it was trash.  Ah, that’s my Hayden (and I’m sure that as soon as he figures out what candy really is he’ll scarf it down the way I did as a child)!

One of the other moms was kind enough to take some pictures, since I was a lame mom and did not bring a camera:

Hayden With Easter Bunny

Hayden With Easter Bunny

Hayden With Santa

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7 Responses to Easter Bunnies Are Skeery…

  1. Lisa on April 11, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    I have to say that this might be the scariest Easter bunny I have ever seen? Yikes, I don’t like the furry suit/plastic face mask/chin hanging out look. I wouldn’t blame Hayden if he didn’t want to go near him. He still looks cute though, even if he is sitting on a scary bunny. My 10 yr. old unfortunately busted the Easter bunny in my bedroom about 11:00 pm the night before Easter (he admits to setting his alarm clock so he could catch the bunny in the act). See what you get to look forward to?? Love your blog:)

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    Totally scary costume, right?
    I am sure Hayden will find out the truth about all holidays and their creatures of the night at an early age- I would wait up for Santa and the Tooth Fairy at a very young age.

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  2. Michelle Griffith on April 11, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    YIKES! That’s one scary wabbit. But honestly Hayden’s expression w/the Bunny & w/Santa totally hilarious, made me laugh.

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  3. Tina on April 12, 2010 at 6:21 am

    Goodness gracious! And I thought the Easter Bunny at the egg hunt that we took Mateo to was scary. This one looks like one from a horror flick! I’m impressed that Hayden was scared off by the freaky appearance. Eek!

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  4. pattypunker on April 13, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    creeeeepy. oh man, that’s hard to shake.

    hayden is so adorable. keep him away from that rabid rabbit.

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  5. Happy Hour...Somewhere on April 17, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    Since the Easter Bunny is the reason my daughter (at age 20) is still afraid of characters, I have to admire your son for going near that skeery rabbit. That is like the Freddy Krueger of bunnies,the Hannibal Lecter of hares. Wouldn’t you love to know what he was thinking as he was was waiting to see the bunny? His expression if priceless~!

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  6. Chris on October 1, 2011 at 1:27 am

    I did a search for “afraid of the easter bunny” and this fittingly came up. That costume is no good!

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