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April 8, 2012 - Kristy MacKaben
I don't know what I'll do once Julie and Johnny stop believing in all the mythical holiday tales. I know I wrote a column last week about the creepiness of the mall Easter Bunny. But, I have to admit, I do enjoy seeing Easter through the eyes of my kids, who are still so innocent. There is no doubt that they still believe. They have been talking nonstop about the Easter Bunny for weeks and could barely hold their anticipation yesterday. We spent the weekend at my parents' house in Cumberland, and the kids always wake up painfully early there....especially when there is something exciting awaiting them in the morning. We had warned the kids the night before Easter to not wake up too early because they might see the Easter Bunny and scare him away. Yes. I know this is a tad mean, but we really couldn't stomach a 5 a.m. wakeup call. So, this morning, Julie had to go to the bathroom so bad, but she was afraid the Easter Bunny might still be at the house hiding eggs. When she couldn't hold it anymore, she woke Johnny up, and made him be the lookout for the Easter Bunny. Then, she ran to the bathroom and back into the bedroom. When they were pretty sure the Easter Bunny was gone, and they heard the adults moving around, they finally came out of the bedroom, screaming "Happy Easter!" There's nothing like the pure joy of little kids all excited by holidays. It just doesn't get old. They looked in awe at their packed Easter baskets and commented on every little present and treat like it was the best in the world. They hunted for eggs in the basement, then gleefully opened every egg. Julie seemed to sing her way through the entire Easter Day. We went to a church near my parents' house and they seemed glad to spend time with other kids in Sunday school, and they skipped around the backyard before lunch, enjoying the warm spring air. Not one little argument or tussle. Whether the kids were hopped up on jelly beans and peanut butter M & Ms or just overjoyed at all their presents and treats, this was a happy Easter. Hope yours was too!
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