There always was a certain excitement on Easter morning. We would wait upstairs for the "go ahead" to start looking for eggs. Hurrying to get to our baskets, my brother and sister and I paused in the kitchen.
It was a mess. Pieces of torn lettuce were strewn on the floor and table. The reason?
My parents offer this as the reason: "Looks like you didn't leave out carrots and lettuce for the Easter Bunny and he got upset!"
And guess who had to clean it up?
Our Easter Bunny was as vicious and mean-spirited as they come.
When I was in first grade, my parents signed me up for softball in the spring. I was really looking forward to it. I told my parents over and over that I hoped the Easter Bunny would bring me a bat and ball and mitt so I would be ready for the season. They always replied, "I don't think you can request specific things from the Easter Bunny." I, of course, was 7 and didn't care. The night before Easter I wrote the Easter Bunny a note and put it by my basket.
Dear Easter Bunny,I woke up Easter morning all excited. I ran to my basket and found a new note in green crayon.
I would like a softball and bat and mitt.
The Easter Bunny doesn't take requests. I am not Santa!Ok. Not sure what was up with that since our Easter Bunny obviously felt that he deserved treats like Santa, but didn't take the time to be as personable. My reaction? Well, I was 7, so...
A year later I learned the truth about the holiday characters (and Tooth Fairy). I have no clue what my parents were thinking when they made the Easter bunny to be a bitter fiend. Was it some sort of joke for them? Did they enjoy watching us clean the kitchen? I cried! My kids are NOT going to cry over a made up character. And I really don't want that to be the focus of our holidays.
McKay, who enjoyed the fictional characters of his youth, did tell me that our Easter Bunny doesn't have to be vile. This is true. But McKay did go on to mention a cousin who felt deceived and betrayed by his parents when he found out "the truth." I said we really don't know how our kids will react- do we want to risk the chances of having a kid who would feel cheated and lied to?
I think we're skipping out on Santa for our kids. It's just too much.