Easter Bunnies Are Skeery…
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: