Easter Bunny & Contemplating Life Lessons
As much as Easter isn’t my favourite holiday, I managed to pull together an Easter egg hunt for Little MPB.
I ‘hid’ 8 plastic eggs – but let’s be honest, when you hide eggs for a 2 year old, you really just set them out in plain sight. The plastic eggs were filled with either chocolate eggs or stickers. We also gave him a large chocolate fire truck which friends had purchased for him. I put in 2 Hot Wheel cars and 1 small Transformer into a slightly larger golden egg. And lastly I took advice from someone and bought him a plastic bucket for his Easter egg hunt, rather then a cheap Easter specific basket which would probably end up broken and in the trash within the week. (I cannot lie, I was oddly proud of myself for randomly coming across a Paw Patrol themed bucket for $2.00). All in, I spent less then $25.00.
Little MPB had a blast and loved opening each egg to discover something new inside and he still enjoys putting his new bucket on his head and ‘hiding’.
The whole Easter celebration seemed completely reasonable to me.…
Until I looked at Instagram on the weekend, where apparently Easter baskets are filled with toys, books, stuffed bunnies, chocolate bunnies, etc. I was completed WOWED by the amazing baskets I saw. In fact, I was a tad bit disappointed by my Easter effort as it completely paled in comparison. (Absolutely no disrespect to those who did so much better then me – you are awesome).
Of course, Little MPB has no idea. He doesn’t get to look at pictures on Instagram and doesn’t compare gifts with friends yet. Really, at 2 years old, he doesn’t understand that he got shafted by the Easter bunny this year.
But, something tells me, next year I’m going to have to step-up my game because by 3 (or 4 if I’m lucky), he will probably start to compare notes with friends, and he may end up realizing the Easter Bunny didn’t bring him as much.
And yet, honestly, I don’t really want to participate in trying to keep up with Jones’ (as the saying goes). Not just because I personally dislike Easter, but because I don’t think it’s necessary. Honestly, how much chocolate should 1 kid have? And, maybe it’s not a bad thing for my kid to learn that the Easter Bunny (and Santa and all other gift giving people/creatures) don’t treat everyone the same and that we should be thankful for what we do receive and what we have in life.
I dunno…I guess, I have a whole year to decide what age he gets to learn that life lesson. Because whether it’s next year or the year after, I know one day he will learn that life isn’t always fair.
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