|Easter 2013 - My four kids with Ellie|
She loves searching throughout the house for those hidden Easter eggs.
She gets very excited to receive baskets of Easter goodies.
She especially loves eating all that Easter candy.
She hates the big bunny.
She hated him last year, and she still hates him this year.
In fact, she wants to be carried away in a very WIDE circle around him.
Granddaughter Ellie does NOT like the Easter bunny, and wants absolutely nothing to do with him.
This past Saturday, at the family business' retail store, Tom Sturgis Pretzels, the Easter bunny arrived at 11 AM to visit with the kiddies for three hours.
|Ready for the bunny's arrival|
Our plan failed.
|Lindsay at the register|
She was even more OK when she dug into the basket and found all sorts of little surprises hidden among the eggs.
She and I parked ourselves on a DIFFERENT chair WAY across the store where we could SAFELY keep an eye on that big furry rodent. We watched as lots of children came in and sat on the bunny's lap. Pictures were taken and each child got an egg with a prize in it afterwards.
No matter. Ellie wasn't going anywhere near that rabbit. She was glued safely and securely to my lap. In fact, she darn nearly rubbed a whole in the back of my shoulder with her little hand, which is what she typically does when she is terrified.
Oh well, maybe another year. I see no sense in forcing children to do something they are terrified to do.
We did make progress, though. After about an hour, Ellie gave one funny little wave to the bunny.
And then she wanted to go home.