April 18, 2014

[friday]: You can't explain that


---- — The Easter Bunny reminds me mostly of a certain brand of battery, of a Monty Python movie and of chocolate, in that order. I can explain all of that, I really can. But I ran into trouble trying to explain a simple Easter egg hunt the other day.

I work with a Cuban woman who’s learning English as her second language. Back home, nothing is celebrated this time of year besides Holy Week.

She had no idea what an Easter egg hunt was.

My student has a daughter getting ready for kindergarten this year. It’s important that she understand egg hunts. So I tried explaining an Easter egg hunt to her this week.

It went something like this:

Somebody has to organize it. They buy a lot of candy or little goodies and fill brightly colored plastic eggs with that. Why? I don’t know. I’m not sure anybody does. It’s just one of those things that we do, like reversing the I and the E when spelling “neighbor.”

Then more organizing people hide the eggs. And by hiding, I mean dropping them in plain sight onto the grass. It’s called hiding because… Because, that’s why.

On the day of the Easter egg hunt, parents bring their children and give them little baskets to carry, or sometimes plastic shopping bags. Then, someone gives a signal and all the children go running as fast as their little legs can carry them to pick up as many eggs as possible. They get to keep the candy inside.

I don’t know why baskets are traditionally used or why they usually come in pastel colors. It just wouldn’t be Easter without them.

Somewhere along the line, someone dressed up as a rabbit wearing a pink bow (or carrying a basket) usually shows up to have pictures taken with children. You can’t explain that.

You’re seeing the theme here, right?

Don’t get me wrong. Easter holds many fond memories for me, including finding Sacagawea dollar coins in the plastic eggs my grandmother gave us grandkids.

But the next time I meet someone who wants to know why there’s a rabbit associated with this holiday, it’s your turn to explain it.

– Sarah Einselen

Friday columnist / Befuddled by the Easter Bunny