Thursday, April 2, 2009

Tradition Hops Along


This year, the role of the Easter Bunny at the Cedar Grove Public Library was played by my son-in-law Mike. The Cedar Grove Junior Women’s Club needed someone to act the part and Mike obliged. As I watched young children scramble to sit on his lap while their parents took photos, I realized that Mike was part of a family tradition.

Many years ago while I was the director of public relations at a New Jersey hospital, I was approached by a freelance PR person for a favor. She asked me if I would be willing to help her with an Easter project she was doing at the Shop Rite store in Manahawkin. She planned to set up table where children could dye Easter eggs and a table for arts and crafts. Sure, I said. The night before the event, she called to tell me that I should probably wear shorts so I wouldn’t be too warm. That was considerate, I thought.

The next morning when I arrived at the store, Francie handed me a costume and directed me where I should stand to greet customers. I’m the Easter Bunny? I thought I’d help children with their Easter eggs. “Oh no,” she said, “I thought you knew. And I have no one else right now to wear the costume.” Being a good sport, I donned the outfit, complete with a mini-fan in the headpiece to keep me cool.

I wondered, has it come to this?