Sunday, March 24, 2013
Community Easter Egg Hunts - Why They Suck
So the rules at this Easter Egg Hunt were simple. Each kid can get 4 eggs. So she said there were a ton of kids who had a good 20-30 eggs. And the parents were just like, "whatever" and some even cheering them on. See, if I went to these things - I would want to slap these parents so hard. And I don't want to be a news story. "Homemaker Goes Crazy at Local Easter Egg Hunt." That would be wonderful. What is so hard about telling your kid, "Hey Dummy - you're 10 years old. You heard the lady say 4 (FOUR!) eggs. Go put them back." Okay, you can leave out calling your precious offspring, "dummy". But you know what I mean. Because if you don't do that, what are you teaching them?
- It's okay to break rules. Who cares what adults say?
- It's okay to take what YOU want. Who cares if there isn't enough for others.
- More is better.
- If you're a jerk as a kid, you'll probably be a jerk as an adult.
Her story reminded me of an Easter Egg Hunt that my grandfather took me to when I was probably 8 or 9. There was no limit on eggs taken. So I went out with my little basket and I was able to get 1 stupid egg. Wonderful. I felt like a loser. But that's life. You win some, you lose some. Little did I know though, that the organizers had "special" eggs. And my stupid, lonely egg had the number "1" on it. So first they asked who had the egg with #3 on it. They got a little prize. Then #2. Another prize. Then #1. That was ME! So they handed over to me this gigantic chocolate bunny! I was so thrilled! It didn't really dawn on me at the time - but even though I only scored 1 egg at that hunt, it was the quality of egg that mattered - not the quantity. Similar to how I want to live my life now as an adult.
You might be thinking, "it's just a stupid Easter egg hunt. Who cares." I don't know - this type of stuff irks the bejesus out of me. And that, my friend, is why I think community Easter egg hunts suck. But many thanks to all the churches, schools and community groups that host them. You have more patience and understanding than I ever will.