Tuesday 10 May 2011: Things I Swore I'd Never Say
My daughter and I visited our plot at the community gardens today under this roil-y boil-y sky. Another gardener passed by and said with a big smile on her face, "Isn't this a wonderful day to be out here?" "Perfect!" I replied in all sincerity, surprising myself. The mercury never went above 59F/15C, and we had a stiff breeze. It was even spitting rain off and on. It won't be long before the hazy heat, oppressive humidity, and blood-thirsty mosquitoes will make me wonder why I've taken on this summer project.
In the car today, my daughter asked me, "Is there really such thing as the Easter Bunny?"
Uh, oh, I thought to myself. "What do you mean?" I asked her, feigning innocence.
"Does a bunny really deliver candy and hide the Easter eggs?"
Oh, boy. Before I had kids, I swore I'd never even begin the Easter Bunny and Santa nonsense, mostly because of the let-down when they find out the truth. "Well, yes, as far as I know, " I said, cringing and hating myself just a little.
"But mom, how can rabbits carry candy and hide eggs?"
Damn. I knew this day was coming. "Uh, I'm sure it's some kind of Easter Bunny magic." More wincing, because I know that bunnies delivering candy and hiding eggs probably no longer makes sense to an almost-six-year-old.
"Oh," she replied softly, then stared silently out the window. I could tell the wheels were spinning inside her head. I had a memory of being about her age and questioning whether rabbits could really let themselves in the house and deliver candy. I felt both guilty -- for perpetuating the myths I swore I'd never push on my kids -- and relieved--that she dropped the subject. For now.