Whether you celebrate Easter, Passover or Biz Markie’s birthday, last weekend had something for nearly everyone. In the years before my son was born, I have to admit the magic of the season may have been a bit lost on me. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a firm believer in the fact that chocolate just tastes better when it is shaped like adorable, tiny animals. There’s no way around that. It’s science. However, as an adult far beyond my egg hunting years, chocolate alone cannot sustain the requisite level of excitement. The appeal of Easter had become entirely brunch related – an excuse to drink during the day (why hello mimosas!) while gorging on honey baked ham. But seeing this second most sugary of holidays through the eyes of a two year old, I’m finding myself right back in the Easter Bunny’s fluffy clutches. There’s just something about watching the little guy double fisting marshmallow Peeps that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
This year, I’m kicking myself for failing to create an appropriate level of bunny buzz prior to E day. It simply hadn’t occurred to me to schlep over to the mall to have the little guy photographed on the lap of a creepy man-rabbit. I hadn’t the foresight to assemble candy and teeny toys into an overpriced basket garnished with decorative grass that would inevitably end up in our cat’s lower intestine. In hindsight it all feels like one big missed opportunity. Thanks to the best sister in law ever, he still received a mammoth Easter basket that was stuffed fuller than Kim Kardashian’s skinny jeans. As he rifled through his bounty, he was beside himself with sticky fingered glee. Meanwhile, I was repeating a silent oath to bring my A game next year. With PAAS as my witness, I swear we’ll be dying hard boiled eggs until every one of us develops carpal tunnel syndrome. I’ll eat Technicolor stained Cobb salads for a month straight, if I have to. For now, I’m thanking my lucky stars that my little sugar junkie can’t tell the difference between Peeps purchased before Easter and the ones I scored for 50% off today at Walgreen’s.