EVERY EASTER . . .
Every Easter, my brother, two sisters and I would get up early to hunt for the candy Easter eggs that the Easter Bunny had hidden in our house. The Easter bunny also brought us each a large chocolate rabbit which he left on the kitchen table in plain view. I often wondered whether the Easter Bunny liked kids eating chocolate models of rabbits. I assumed that this did not bother him or else he would not keep bringing them every Easter.
We were not allowed to eat any of the eggs or chocolate until after church and lunch.
Church! That was the downside of Easter. Thinking about it, church was the downside of every Sunday. Our parents made us go. We knew that if we did not go to church, then we would go to Hell.
No one ever explained the connection between Jesus and the Easter Bunny. If there were passages in The Bible about the Easter Bunny, then we never learned about them in Sunday School. I assumed that the Easter Bunny was one of Jesus’ pets that Jesus made big and magic. Jesus did this because he knew how dull church was, and the Easter Bunny made it a happier time.