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Story Last modified at 8:43 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Easter's late arrival has definite advantages


At our house, Easter is not complete without the requisite Easter egg hunt. We have not invented the wheel here. Our egg hunts are no more exciting or different than the hundreds, perhaps thousands of egg hunts that will be going on in front yards, parks and living rooms across Alaska on Sunday.

Yet our children look forward to it eagerly, year after year.

The Easter bunny really likes that Easter falls so late in the month this year.

This year, the Easter bunny joins in the children's excitement. She is particularly happy about the egg hunt because she – yes, the bunny is a female – has not been able to hide her eggs on a snow-free yard in many, many years. She is getting a bit up in age, and her memory is not quite what it used to be, but this year, the Easter bunny has decided that, yes, this is the first Easter egg hunt she has implemented in our front yard that does not involve old, crusty snow – hard, sharp, cold and slippery.

Rather than hiding eggs in frozen snow-encrusted holes created by moose over the winter, she will be perching them upon spring planters and a snow-free deck. She will be hiding them behind rocks, not iceballs, And she will not fear that they will freeze in snowy tombs before the children can find them.

The Easter bunny really likes that Easter falls so late in the month this year: the first Sunday following the first full moon after the spring equinox (How is that for a mouthful?). She will not have to worry that the eggs will disappear in the snow and she will not have to put on full winter gear to do her job.

Then again, this is Alaska. It could be snowing on Easter morning. Whether you plan to spend the day at church, with family, hunting eggs – or all of that combined – may it be a special day for all of you – especially those hunting eggs.

This article published in The Alaska Star on Wednesday, April 20, 2011.