The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX


April 20, 2014

No advice needed on hunting Easter eggs

Happy Easter to one and all!

— This (Saturday) morning, I escorted our son Jason (7) to the SportsPark for the City of Greenville Easter Eggstravaganza hunt. Gone are the days when I would take Nick (24) and Jaylynn (about to turn 15) to such events and I kind of miss the early years, when the kids were so young that they needed Daddy’s guidance in finding the eggs.

Nick gets to fulfill the Daddy Easter egg hunt advisory role with his daughters Lauryn (6) and Vanessa (1). Jaylynn, meanwhile, has learned it is easier simply to steal Jason’s candy after he goes to sleep.

And taking Jason to an Easter egg hunt is an entirely different experience than when we began. Jason, I think, was about 2.5 on his first excursion and I explained in detail that the procedure was to find a colored egg, grab it before anyone else and put it in his basket. About five minutes later, Jason proudly showed me the collection of rocks, trash and leaves he had collected.

This time around, as we waited outside the area marked for “Ages 6-8”, I again attempted to pass along my advice, telling Jason to ignore the eggs right in front – because that’s where everyone was going to go — and head to the fence line, where there would be less competition.

Jason looked at me as if I had just stepped off the boat.

“I know Dad,” he explained slowly. “My friends and I were just talking about this. That is our plan.”

OK, noted for future reference ... Dad is no longer to be listened to on Easter egg hunts. His sole purpose is to provide transportation and get out of the way. Sigh ...

— The annual Kellar Estate Easter egg hunt is scheduled today. Vida — my wife and the Easter Egg/Basket Empress at the Estate — and Jaylynn intend to scatter the sought after eggs across the grounds of the Estate — including the Golden Egg with the cash prize inside — which will become the targets for an assortment of youngsters.

As for me, I will be assigned to take pictures while standing out of the way and ignoring the urge to give Jason any egg hunting tips, right before we sit down to again thank God for his continued blessings on our home, family and friends as we dig into our annual Easter feast.

Here is hoping your Easter Sunday is as blessed ...

Just a thought ...

Kellar is a Herald-Banner staff writer


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