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Easter Egg Hunts in a Communist Society

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A Johnson family tradition is to duke it out every year at the community Easter egg hunt.

It’s been a long road. When our daughter Hadley was little, she mistook the eggs as “pretty balls” and hucked them in the air. Then there was the year we couldn’t drag her off the playground equipment. Another Easter, both kids simply raced past all the eggs and ran in circles.

Now that my children are 3 and 5, this was OUR year. They finally understand that inside those cheap plastic eggs are candy and toys.

Glorious treats that Mom and Dad did not have to stuff.

This year, there was still a lot of snow and muck on the ground. Being the good mother I am, I had outfitted them in clothing befitting of a polar bear club/mud-wrestling competition.

I am nothing if not prepared.

But the organizers surprised us all and moved the Easter egg hunt into the adjacent recreation center. Instead of setting the children loose at the same time, we were admitted into the arena in waves. Bode had the advantage and was among the eldest in the 0-3 age group, as was Hadley in the 4-5.

Remember that I mentioned it was our year?

The children chomped at the bit as they waited at the starting line like thoroughbreds at a race track. A volunteer explained the rules.

“When the whistle blows, you may run into the arena. Your children are allowed five eggs a piece.”

Five eggs a piece? What’re we: a communist society?

When the whistle blew, all the children tore off the starting line. There were hundreds, if not over a thousand eggs for each age group. It was obvious that the five-egg limit would not be an issue as pretty much every child I saw greedily walked away with baskets spilling over with eggs.

I, on the other hand, got nothing. You see, the volunteer had also made sure to emphasize that parents were not allowed to pick up eggs. I didn’t murmur about the ban on parental involvement because I figured it was aimed at me.

In my defense, I was *this* close to finding the golden egg in previous years.

Did your children participated in any Easter egg hunts of festivities this year?

Amber Johnson
Author: Amber Johnson

Amber is the founder and editor of Mile High Mamas. She is a passionate community builder and loves the outdoors. She has two awesome teens and is happily married to a man obsessed with growing The Great Pumpkin.

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  • comment avatar Mama Bird April 4, 2010

    We had the same advantage: Reagan was the oldest in her group (0-3) to go at preschool. I felt so bad that her bucket was spilling over that I tried to slow her down so the other kids would have a chance. I should never have doubted her though — as soon as she was done collecting, she started handing out her loot to all the other kids. Even the older ones. That’s my bunny! After 3 Easter egg hunts this week including our own this morning, we could do with a little less candy in our house!

  • comment avatar Fabiola April 4, 2010

    Truth to be told, we were driving home and I telling my husband about your Eggs’ Hunt adventure on the past few years and I was wondering if you would have some fun story to share this year!!!

    Hadley looks so happy with her Egg Collection.

    I hope you are having a wonderful Easter

  • comment avatar Lauren in GA April 4, 2010

    I remember your previous post about Hadley participating in an Easter egg hunt. You said something along the lines of wanting to massage her hammies to make sure she was incredibly successful in her endeavors. I still chuckle about that post and now I will be laughing about this one. Well, you know…laughing with you, of course…

    …so, fine….you aren’t laughing…don’t confuse me with the facts…thanks for letting me laugh, though.

  • comment avatar Amber April 4, 2010

    Great memory, Lauren. We did massage Haddie’s hammies one year. Fabiola–The Hunt = sport at our house. 🙂

    That is so sweet about Reagan. On Easter morning, I was so impressed my kids took turns grabbing eggs and Hadley shared with Bode when she realized she had more. Can’t say my brothers and I ever did that!

  • comment avatar Tee aka The Diva's Thoughts April 5, 2010

    Hmmmm…easter egg hunts. I remember those…

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