A small, quiet child about six years of age wanders forlornly around the house, brightly colored basket gripped in her pudgy little hands. She peeks in corners and under furniture looking for the brighlty colored candy eggs she has been anticipating for weeks.
But there is nothing there...
That child was me.
Meanwhile my parents were being awoken after a night of merrymaking by my sister, age 14, hissing at them in disgust.
“You forgot to put Easter eggs out for Andrea! She's been wandering the house for an hour! What the hell is wrong with you two??&rdquot;
They promptly leapt out of bed to find me downstairs, eyes filling with tears as I told them about the Easter Bunny's oversight.
&ldquot;Mommy.. Easther Bunny forgot me... Wath I bad?&rdquot; (I've added the lisp here, because it makes the story that much more pathetic and heartbreaking in that Cindy-Lou Who kind of way - yeah, total manipulation all the way).
|“Why, Santy Claus? Why? ” - Source|
Thinking quickly on their hungover feet my parents assured me that since the Easter Bunny had so many kids he had to hide eggs for that he would need two whole days and that he would surely come the next day.
To their credit, my parents never missed another Easter. Now here's the part that Tay Report readers didn't hear about. For years afterwards, I was convinced that the Easter Bunny came on Easter Monday. I couldn't quite place why I knew this. I guess maybe I had repressed that particular Easter, the Easter I was forgotten, somewhere deep in my tiny little psyche. I was told over and again that, no Easter was always on Easter Sunday. But a little nagging part of me insisted that there was a time, once upon a time, that it fell on a Monday.
My mother's revelation has made everything so clear. Not just my confusion regarding the Sunday/Monday issue, but also where I get my penchant of messing with my kids heads, ever so slightly, in the name of both maintaining the credibility of childhood myths but also for my own cheap amusement.
Thanks, Mom and Dad. Happy Zombie Jesus Day.