Apr 13, 2009

Mikey's Easter basket

We had planned on having a little Easter egg hunt yesterday but alas, the Easter bunny was puking...apparently, he had one too many Cadbury eggs. So, after dinner tonight, we headed outdoors for the anticipated, once a year Easter egg hunt. I carefully and meticulously hid each egg. The kids waited with giggles around the corner. When I said, "Go!" they tore outta there like race horses! They were running furiously all over the yard, gathering as many eggs as they could and putting them into their baskets. As I stood in the middle of the chaos, I couldn't help but smile at our children's innocent fun. Then, I noticed my baby off on the sidelines. Fun was not written across her face. My little Anna-bannana was crying. She had an empty basket. Before I could get to her, and whisper the secret places of the eggs, otherwise known as treason, I watched Mikey walk over to her. He bent over and said something to her. Then he reached into his basket and took the one and only egg he had found and placed it into her basket. Her tears turned to smiles. He walked away, clueless that I had been watching.
Now, my own eyes were filling up with tears. When the hunt was over, everyone was calculating their eggs. I asked each of the kids how many they had to ensure that all the eggs were found. I looked at Mikey still smiling, holding an empty basket. I said, "Well, tonight's game was not about getting. It was about giving, and Mikey, because you were the best giver, you just inherited all the eggs!" Our other child, Matilda (**name has been changed to protect the innocent**) cried out, "That's not fair!" But I knew...just like Willy Wonka knew when Charlie inherited the whole stinken chocolate factory (I'm still bitter about that. I could have done just as good of a job. And what is up with the oompa-loompas! Aren't there slave laws against that?) Oh sorry, I got sidetracked...I knew that Mikey was going to make another selfless choice. The neat thing was, his brother and sisters knew, too. They put the eggs into his basket with smiles on their faces, knowing that he was going to give them right back, and that's just what he did. He counted them up and gave them back, making sure that everyone had an even amount of eggs in their baskets.

P.S. We're still working on "Matilda"


DeAnna said...

Oh and to think my Isabella gets to marry him. Maybe he can help her with her greediness, or maybe he will just feed it by giving her more and more. :)

Becky said...

Yes indeed, she will be well taken care of by this little sweetheart.

PS your daughter's future mother-in-law ain't so bad either, but there's no guarantees that I would have given my last easter egg away. -especially since they were M&M filled!

Krissy said...

Ohhhhh, how I love my little Mikey. He is such a loving little guy. All right, gotta go so I can wipe all of my tears off of my keyboard. Seriously, it's a wonder I didn't get electrocuted.
So proud of him and so proud of you, too. You are so wise, so loving, and ultra Proverbs 31-ish. Nice one with the Willy Wonka trick. ;)
Just make sure if Matilda ever drinks the fizzy lifting juice, she is aware of the dire consequences.

Becky said...

Ultra Proverbs 31-ish!!!!!! Wow, I've never received such an honor. -heavy breathing, unwrapping my piece of paper-
First of all, I'd like to thank my parents who have loved me unconditionally and have paved the way of parenthood. I'd also like to thank my dear husband who sings my praises day in and out. And then I'd like to thank my five wonderful kids, for without them I could not be what I am today.

Trish said...

Ok, first of all--condolences to the Easter Bunny! :)

Second--I am smiling/crying thinking of little Mikey stopping to put that egg in Annie's basket. He has a heart of gold. I love him so much for that sweet little spirit of his. Good move giving him all the eggs too! I have to admit--my first reaction was:

No fair!! :) Didn't think of the outcome! :) Adorable.

P.S. I love Matilda, too. A girl after my own heart!

TRISH said...

LOL--Beck--just read your nice come-back to Krissy! Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha!

uh....... (nervous cough).........did you want to thank.........uh............anyone else for being like.............a good example or something????


Becky said...

-second piece of paper coming out of the pocket and nervously unwrapping it-

I'd also like to take this opportunity to thank my oldest and wisest sister for her never ending encouragement and for bringing out the positive qualities that were always in me anyways, and for helping me bloom into the wonderful, Ultra Proverbs 31-ish woman that I am today.

-kissing my award and walking off the stage-

mama said...

I cannot believe God gave you these wonderful kids! (Considering what a selfish youngest of 4 you were..) sorry, man, but the day you'd give the last of your chocolate anything, Varuca ...

Mr Smiley Eyes once again warms my heart! What a sweetheart! And you my child? Way to go with the wisdom thing! Impressive.

DITTO SORTa....dear Rab- ekkkkk-AAAAA.......!!!
H b t yoooo!!!

good_to_be_home said...

I laughed out loud when I got to the part about Matilda. I was like, "Matilda? Who's that?" Then, I read that changed her name "to protect the innocent". Cute. And cute acceptance speech, too.
Oh and I must say something about Mikey! What a good boy to share. Doesn't it just warm your heart to see?
I really really wanted to do an Easter egg hunt with my kids, too, but I ran out of time...got too tired.
Happy Spring Day to you all! Isn't it nice out? :)

Becky said...

I can't imagine why you were tired, Shanda. Look at the lap-full of babies you have there!!! I'm surprised you were able to get those great Easter pictures of them. That takes so much work, and they came out beautiful! You did a great job and even got your baby to grin so big!
Yes, it is so gorgeous out. I love this weather!!! The kids are digging flip flops and shorts out of the closet right now. :o)