That’s right, he’ll be hopping down the bunny trail, because” Easter’s on its way,” and it will be here before you know it. Easter egg hunts, Easter baskets, and shopping for that new spring outfit. I guess not many people shop for a new outfit these days, just because it is Easter. Many years ago, when I was growing up Easter was really a special time. I can remember my mother getting new suits for me and my brothers, and a new dress for my mother and sister. If my father didn’t get a new suit, he would at least get a new shirt and tie. My mother and sister would get new hats and white gloves. Church was the most important part of the day. After church we all went over to my grandparent’s house for the big Easter egg hunt in the back yard. After the Easter egg hunt, we got our Easter baskets that the Easter bunny left at my grandparent’s house with lots of candy, including marshmallow peeps, chocolate bunnies, and jellybeans.
For at least a whole month before the big day the five and tens in brown would have large tables with live multi-colored peeps, and baby bunnies. It seemed like every kid in the neighborhood would get a peep or bunny to go along with the rest of the holiday surprises. Of course, we’ve come a long way since the days of buying livestock and the like from the five and ten. With animal rights activists to protect animals from cruelty and the like, we have discovered that it is not only cruel to buy these pets from the five and ten, but even worse these animals were no longer wanted after a few short weeks after Easter and you would see half-starved animal running free around the neighborhood. Needless to say, if you don’t live on a farm you have no need of dyed peeps for pets. Don’t forget; “In your Easter bonnet, with all the frills upon it, you’ll be the grandest lady in the Easter parade.”