I want to have a serious bunny talk. This conversation may be past-due, but as Herbstbaum pointed out in her lovely springtime post, it is still the Easter season. (I have to digress for a moment here, and point out that I finally figured how to make a nice, clean link. This may not seem like a big deal to all of you savvy bloggers out there, but to me it is a very big deal. To borrow an expression that my son picked-up in Wales, I am well chuffed about it. No, more than that–I am extremely chuffed. In fact, I’ve been chuffing all day over this, and I expect that the chuffing will continue for the rest of the week.)
What It Is
Okay, back to the bunny. The bunny I’m referring to today is the Easter Bunny, if you hadn’t already guessed that, and the topic at hand is, “What does the Easter Bunny eat?” Chocolate and jelly beans? I think not (unless maybe the Easter Bunny is female, and then perhaps Dove dark chocolate eggs…) But this is a furry little vegetarian creature we’re talking about, and I think we all know deep in our hearts that E.B. would like to feast on whatever is growing in the garden. I know, I know, I just did a POST on glorious chocolates that we could purchase in order to create a truly stupendous Easter basket—but before you call me a hypocrite, let me hasten to say that I have no problem with a small but festive indulgence to mark a very significant occasion; no, that is not my point. My point (or my question) is, “Are we paying attention to what we are feeding our children?”
Bring It Home
To illustrate my point, I will ask you to consider what your children ate at their last kindergarten or grade school party. Cookies? Candy? Coconut and jelly bean topped cupcakes? A bunny-shaped cake? Any of that would be typical for our culture today. However, when my boys attended their kindergarten in Germany, they had an “Easter Bunny Feast,” and this is what they did: they bought bunny food. They walked with their class to the local Wednesday farmers market and bought an assortment of fresh vegetables, along with fresh eggs. On Thursday they boiled the eggs and washed and cut the vegetables. They went home that afternoon giddy with anticipation over the “Easter Bunny Feast” that they would enjoy the next day. Of course, they did enjoy their party— cucumbers, carrots, bell peppers, and all. I was quite impressed with that (and very chuffed, as well), and a nicely filled Easter basket several days later didn’t seem like sugar overload.
If every holiday is associated with reams of sugar-loaded food, what are we teaching our children about what “good food” is? If children learn from an early age that fresh vegetables are a delicious treat, then they will continue healthy eating habits as they grow.
Our children should be eating at least as well as bunnies do.