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"