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Thursday's Totally Informal Transglobal Challenge for March 20, 2008 - "Easter - without Eggs or Chocolate!"

It was the Saturday before Easter 1951. I was nine years old and in Grade 4. My little sister Miss Em and I were playing hopscotch on the front walk. I felt a call of nature and went inside the house to use the washroom. But something looked strange. The kitchen door was closed. Mom never closed that door, so why was it closed now? Besides I could hear my big sister Carolyn in there talking. So why were Mom and Carolyn in the kitchen with the door closed? Something was fishy. I decided to find out for myself, so I opened the door.

At first I couldn't believe my eyes. There was Carolyn dipping a hardboiled egg into a glass bowl of purple dye. Beside her on the white kitchen table were other bowls, each with a different color dye in it. But what felt like a kick in the stomach was the metal tray of brightly dyed Easter Eggs at her elbow, and three Easter baskets filled with green crepe paper grass, differently colored jelly beans and milk chocolate bunnies propped against their sides.

I looked at Mom and said, "You mean YOU'RE the Easter bunny?"

She nodded.

It was like a horrible lightbulb was going off in my head.

"And Santa Claus?"

"Yes, dear."

"And the Tooth Fairy???"

You see, I was the last kid in my class to believe in such things. I had so trusted my parents that when they'd assured me that Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy were real, how could I not believe them? I knew I could trust Mom and Dad to tell me the truth. Even though my friends laughed at me and said I was a baby, I stuck to my guns.

As I stood in our kitchen on that warm sunny day, my eyes filled with tears not so much because I cared whether or not Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy really existed, but because I knew I could never again trust my parents. That was the day I became a skeptic. And now it is my healthy skepticism that serves me well in this country where liars lead and the gullible follow. Thanks Mom and Dad for teaching me not to believe everything I hear.

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Meggi Raeder23-Mar-2008 18:18
Patricia, thanks for sharing story and the morals of it - so true. Trust is such a finnicky issue - a healthy dose of skeptisism is good.
Neal Nye23-Mar-2008 11:31
Wonderful shot from your low angle. But the best part is the phrase "where liars lead and the gullible follow." Perfectly stated!
Antonio Ruggiero21-Mar-2008 21:10
Very creative....Bravo... Happy Easter.
Guest 21-Mar-2008 15:22
Excellent composition. Well captured and Happy Easter.
Nancy Lobaugh21-Mar-2008 02:48
wow! strong story & good shot...
carolynne_w21-Mar-2008 02:47
Really cute! And then YOU became the Easter Bunny's helper!
CM Kwan21-Mar-2008 02:45
Beautiful, Patricia! V
DENZA20-Mar-2008 19:55
Well, bunnies are the next obvious. What about Easter bread and Icons come to mind. :) Happy Easter to you!
Guest 20-Mar-2008 18:18 must not trust the Easter Bunny, where did it come from, where does it live..does it roam wild, why chocolate..oh, those funny pellets come from the dark chocolate..I see...v
Malcolm Smith20-Mar-2008 17:47
Nice shot, great DoF. Great story, even if it was painful at the time. Happy Easter to you.
Jonathan Popp20-Mar-2008 17:28
Great capture, love the subtle lighting.
Guest 20-Mar-2008 17:00
Great idea!
Ali Majdfar20-Mar-2008 16:45
Happy easter, Patricia! ~V
Peg O'Brien20-Mar-2008 16:12
The truth hurts! But happy Easter anyway, PDL!
Guest 20-Mar-2008 16:07
You mean there's NO EASTER BUNNY????
Thanks a LOT, Patricia!
Russ Rose20-Mar-2008 15:53
WOW, what a way to learn the truth. Happy Easter. Enjoy the day. And being skeptic does serve us all well even if it creates problems within society.
Guest 20-Mar-2008 15:18
I remember when that happened to me, too!
Guest 20-Mar-2008 13:55
Now that I think back about it ....................
Guest 20-Mar-2008 13:51
Happy Easter? I remember my mom explaining that she and other partents were their HELPERS to make sure everything came out ok. :) Great shot, anyway!
Faye White20-Mar-2008 12:18
excellent view!
Luca Zanoni20-Mar-2008 09:44
great entry
love the light
Jola Dziubinska20-Mar-2008 09:33
Well seen, Patricia :)
Happy Easter to you!
Maaike Huizer20-Mar-2008 09:15
A great story. And a nice picture to go with it.
Pat Shawyer20-Mar-2008 09:12
Very good Patricia !!
Dave Hein20-Mar-2008 08:10
Is that a kid, or a deer caught in the headlights?!
An De Wilde20-Mar-2008 07:43
ohhhh I love the one whith te cat ! I think this would look great on my cat too :-))))
Paco López20-Mar-2008 06:52
Barbara Heide20-Mar-2008 06:02
Happy Easter to you! great idea!
Dan Chusid20-Mar-2008 05:07
Hate it when those childhood bubbles burst.
: (
carol j. phipps20-Mar-2008 04:14
Sobering personal story, Patricia.
Guest 20-Mar-2008 04:13
Happy holiday! now, I got to go to sleep with a smile. ~~
carol j. phipps20-Mar-2008 04:12
Fabulous collection of cards and wonderful capture; nice lighting.
mathilda williams20-Mar-2008 04:05
aawww, sorry you had to find out.
nice entry though :)
Cindi Smith20-Mar-2008 03:49
Cute, cute, cute!!!! This is too danged cute!! Love the cards, the comp and the light..well done!! Happy Easter, Patricia!!!
PauloCGama20-Mar-2008 03:30
so cute. greaT POV and dof.
love the use of available lught.
cheers my friend. V
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