Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Next week is Easter and I am sure a lot of children are anticipating the various Easter egg hunts. Some will be organized by parents at home; others are organized by schools and churches. I remember our very first Easter egg hunt. I really don’t want to discourage new parents, but ours was a disaster.
Of course I have to mention that Easter bunnies and Easter egg hunts were foreign concepts to me when I moved to the U.S. There were no bunnies or egg hunts where I grew up. My mother would boil eggs and my siblings and I would color them, and after that we had a competition. We would take turns hitting each other’s eggs and the egg that cracked first was the loser – or better said, the owner of the egg was the loser.
As you can see, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I read the announcement in the newspaper about the Easter egg hunt in Palmetto Island County Park. I thought it would be a great idea for my son – he was 20 months old at that time – to participate and meet other children. Boy was I wrong.
When we arrived I saw a huge field covered with colorful eggs. But there were only a few children in my son’s age range, and a lot of older children. Later, I realized these were older siblings or cousins, preferably the ones who were already familiar with football moves like a tackle and protecting the ball (in this case the egg). I’m sure you get the picture.
After the sign that the children were allowed to go and “hunt” the eggs, the older children went first and pushed everybody aside, protecting the egg until the younger sibling could come and pick it up.
After this peculiar way of gathering eggs, the maneuvers would be repeated, under loud encouragement by the parents.
Needless to say, my son, who didn’t have older front-runners, ended up with one egg. He was very disappointed and sad and I decided that I never would participate in an Easter egg hunt again.
Of course we did. In pre-school and kindergarten the Easter egg hunts were better organized and every child got his or her fair share of eggs.
At home my husband and I would hide eggs in the yard, or inside the home depending on the weather, and later my next door neighbors would invite my kids to search their yard for hidden treasures.
I hope you and your children will be spared the experience we had with our first Easter egg hunt.
To prepare your child for this fun tradition I would suggest reading some Easter books to your child or watching an Easter DVD together, e.g., “The Easter Egg,” by Jan Brett, “The Egg Tree,” by Katherine Milhous, “Roly-Poly Egg,” by Kali Stileman, “Ollie’s Easter Eggs” by Olivier Dunrea, the DVD “The Easter Bunny Is Coming to Town” (1977) or “It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown” by Charles M. Schulz, which comes in print form as well as on DVD.
Although the Mount Pleasant Regional Library (1133 Mathis Ferry Road) doesn’t organize an Easter egg hunt, we will have a special story time with crafts and snacks hosted by Amy Steinmeuller on March 27 at 4 p.m.
In a related note, our Village Branch at 430 Whilden Street in Mount Pleasant will hold an egg hunt on Saturday, March 23, at 9:30 a.m. or at 11 a.m. Call 884-9741 for more details on their egg hunt.
Teen Choice Media Awards (grades 6-12)
To celebrate Teen Tech Week, drop by a branch library and vote for your favorite Young Adult video game, eBook and more. Voters are entered into a raffle to win a $30 iTunes gift card.
“Downton Abbey” Marathon (ages 16-plus)
Saturdays, March 23 and 30 from 2-6 p.m.
Enjoy a “Downton Abbey” marathon, starring Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern and Maggie Smith. Watch the first two seasons, three episodes per Saturday, for five Saturdays (First Saturday was March 16).
PLAY: Welcome Spring (all ages)
Saturday, March 23 all day
Enjoy a springtime activity. For information, contact the Children’s Department.
Great Decisions: Myanmar and Southeast Asia (adults)
Monday, March 25 from 6-7:30 p.m.
Attend the fourth evening meeting of the Great Decisions program series and discuss Myanmar and Southeast Asia. For information, contact the Reference Desk at 849-6161, or MtpReference@ccpl.org.
Easter Celebration (ages 3 and up)
Wednesday, March 27 at 4 p.m.
Listen to stories, make a craft and enjoy a snack.
(Mirjam Veldkamp works in the reference department at the Mount Pleasant Regional Library Branch and can be reached at 843-849-6161, www.mtplibrary.blogspot.com, www.ccpl.org.)