216. Eggs and a Bunny

Easter Sunday was a cloudy but festive day Memorial Park for about 100 kids from local . An Easter egg hunt started at 10 a.m. a fire engine blasted its horn. Boys and , ranging in age from 2 to 6, dashed the park, yelling and screaming, walking and running, quite often, falling down. One little girl, Amanda, her first egg less than a minute after horn blew. Instead of putting it into her and continuing to search for more, she sat . Then she spent the next 10 minutes examining , unwrapping it, and eating it piece by piece. she finished, she put the wrapper into her , wiped her hands on her white dress, and to hunt for another egg.

Meanwhile Jeff, one the older boys, filled his basket to overflowing. asked one of the firemen to hold it him, and then took off running for more eggs. As soon as he found some, he them into the basket of the child closest him. Two little toddlers both saw a candy at the same time, and they both bent to pick it up. They banged heads, and of them sat down bawling. A couple of nurses picked them up and told them that was going to be all right.

By 11 .m., the search was over. Most of the kids studying their candy, exchanging it with others, or it. But then the fire engine horn blasted , causing three-year-old Jenny to cry. A fireman on bullhorn told everyone to gather around, because a guest had arrived.

Once everyone was settled, the Bunny climbed down out of the fire engine. bunny was 6’6” tall. Most of the kids and ran toward him. Even Jenny stopped crying a moment. She stared at the bunny and all the kids running toward the bunny; then started crying even harder. The Easter Bunny hugged kids, and they hugged him. Then the Easter sat on a fire engine step, and one one the kids came up, sat on his , and got their pictures taken. After that, the kids were allowed to explore the fire engine .

The festivities ended about 3 p.m., when the climbed into the buses for the return trip . Most of them said they had a fun . Six-year-old Sara asked, “Can we do this every ?” And more than one boy asked, “Can I the fire engine next time?”