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Easter's Best

April, 2014

Probably because it almost never happens, I feel an excessive sense of accomplishment at the sight of my kids, freshly scrubbed and fancily dressed.

Easter's Best

The boys in matching creased khakis and pressed white shirts, funkified by sweater vests they chose themselves—Ben in smart argyle and Jack sporting an ironic stag's head, of course. And little Em in the frilliest, most ridiculously flouncy pale-pink dress you've ever seen, that perma-grin stealing the show from her shiny curls. "I give it thirty minutes, tops," mumbles my husband, as I snap photos between the boys' groans and eyerolls.

After our little photo session, we walk across the park to the starting area for the city's annual Easter Egg Hunt. The youngest two can barely contain themselves, both bragging about being the fastest and getting the most and finding the golden egg. Though Jack's assured us he's far too old for such nonsense, the way his eyes scan the egg-dotted grass field suggests otherwise. I hold his basket. Just in case.

The crowd grows and the excitement builds until a giant white bunny dramatically thrusts an air horn skyward. Hooooonk! They're off. Em and Ben scramble from egg to egg, snatching them up, filling their baskets as if their little lives depend upon it. You'd think Ben's age and athleticism would give him the upper hand, but his little sister makes up for lack of both with sheer enthusiasm. The kid's an Easter egg-gathering machine. Ben keeps glancing back at her, clearly getting nervous at the sight of Em's near-full basket, but my girl stays focused. So focused she doesn't notice that little blip of a tree root poking up out of the grass. Bam! In a second she's on the ground, white tights stained in dirt and grass, eyes wide, hand still clutching her basket, now empty.


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