Originally posted 4/26/14
Every year millions of eggs are boiled, dyed, colored, filled and hidden for the annual egg hunt. It’s an event that is looked forward to with excitement and anticipation. During the event there are excited squeals, shouts of victory when an egg is found and a lot of scurrying around.
When you have little ones, the eggs are hidden in plain sight. Still unclear on the “rules” of the hunt, the children usually toddle around enjoying the excited energy but are not exactly sure what to do. They may walk right by the eggs or they may pick up only one color. They may lose interest before all the eggs are found, but they have a good time while it lasts.
As the kids get older it’s more about speed and quantity - who can find the most in the fastest time. The hiding places get harder. They are not as easy to find and require a little more patience in looking in every possible nook and cranny. Yet they race around looking as quickly as the can, only pausing to count the number of eggs they have collected.
As adults we too engage in many “hunts” of our own.
Do we approach them with the same anticipation and excitement? Or do we approach them with anxiety, dread and worry?
Do we toddle around passing up eggs that are in plain site because we are unclear on what we are hunting for? Or are we hoping a better one will come along if we just keep looking?
Are we so focused collecting one color that we pass up the opportunity to gather others? Or are we racing around trying to do things quickly?
Are we so focused on quantity and speed that we forget what we should be hunting for in the first place?
If you are lucky enough to participate in an egg hunt this weekend with children, enjoy the excitement of the hunt. There’s nothing like watching the pure enthusiasm, energy and joy of a child. Watch out, it just might be contagious.
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I started writing this blog because I wanted to have deeper conversations beyond "How are you?", "Busy", with other parents. Over the years I've shared personal stories, articles, authors and topics to facilitate conversations with parents about the joys and the challenges of parenting.