“An Easter bonnet can tame even the wildest hare. “

The day is lovely with a bright sun and a deep blue sky. The wind has disappeared. The temperature at 54˚ is the start of a heat wave. Time to break out the sandals.

I have a few errands today, and I made an appointment for Gracie at the vets. I first thought she had a stroke last night because she was dripping saliva from one side of her face as if she had no control. I checked but there seemed to be no visible difference between one side or the other. She ate her treats and begged for more and chewed on both sides. I wiped her jowls periodically and the dripping finally got less and less. By 2 this morning, she wasn’t dripping at all so we went to bed. Today she is perfectly fine, but I want her checked.

Just as my mother used to on the Saturday night before Easter, I’m going to put out the clothes I’ll be wearing tomorrow. I want to make sure they’re wrinkle free. Nothing is new but everything is so seldom worn they do have a newness about them. My dress material is filled with colorful flowers. It is spring personified.

We used to get excited knowing the Easter Bunny was coming, not so much for him as for his treats. It wasn’t the giddy excitement of Christmas Eve when we knew Santa was coming with a bagful of toys just for us. We really didn’t know all that much about the Easter Bunny. We knew he brought baskets filled with candy and small toys, but we didn’t know who helped. Santa had his elves. Who did the Easter Bunny have? We knew Santa summered at the North Pole. I had no idea where the Easter Bunny lived. I guessed a rabbit hole which must have been enormous, but I never really gave it a thought. We didn’t have to be good, no naughty or nice list. There were no threats. We knew Santa wouldn’t come if we were awake or if we were really bad, but the Easter Bunny came regardless. Instead of new pajamas, we got whole new outfits. We never questioned why a rabbit brought eggs or how he hauled all those baskets from house to house. On an Easter card I once received, the Easter Bunny was pulling a wagon filled with colorful eggs. He wore a small jacket with lots of gold buttons but didn’t wear pants. I just took the whole scene for granted. I believed everything about Santa so believing in the Easter Bunny wasn’t a stretch at all.

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19 Comments on ““An Easter bonnet can tame even the wildest hare. “”

  1. olof1 Says:

    I have to start with that photo of the Easter bunny, what a horrible face it has. I was afraid of the Yule gnome but this one would have scared me to death 🙂 🙂 🙂

    I was totally convinced that the Easter bunny (we call him the Easter hare) came from Germany. I have no idea why but I knew he ran around there giving eggs to kids. My cousins father came from Germany so I had heard of him. Over here we got our candy filled Easter eggs as soon as we woke up and I just supposed a very big hen had been at our home laying eggs. I never really gave a thought to why it laid paper eggs with colorful pictures all over them 🙂

    61F here today and it felt just fantastic. Some clouds arrived in the afternnon but just for a short while and now the sun shines again.

    Do You think Gracie perhaps licked on a toad? My Hector ate one (and threw it up) and I’ve never seen a dog drool like that 🙂 🙂 🙂 We went to the vet and he got something to make him stop drooling and as soon as we came home he ate that damned toad again 🙂 🙂 🙂 I hope it was nothing serious!

    Happy Easter!
    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      Gracie could have eaten something in the yard as she goes in and out her dog door and runs all over the yard.

      That is exactly why I chose that bunny. It was so scary and ugly! I couldn’t imagine how that kid could sit there.

      I never gave a thought as to where the Easter Bunny came from. I just accepted the basket and the chocolate. Like you, I never wondered about those paper eggs.

      Happy Easter and a wonderful day!!

    • katry Says:

      im6,
      Those Easter bunnies would put me off Easter for the whole of my life. Some of them had to be real monsters who eat children!

    • olof1 Says:

      Those bunnies are the most evil looking ones I’ve ever seen 🙂 🙂 🙂 But they do show the true identity of bunnies 🙂 I’ve never liked them 🙂 Thanks im6!

  2. flyboybob Says:

    When you were a kid did your Easter cloths include a hat? I think the woman’s millinery business has gone the same way as the buggy whip business. Think how few woman tomorrow will be wearing an Easter bonnet. Except for cowboy hats and baseball caps the men’s hat business is also down the tubes. Did your mother do a big spring cleaning before the holiday? Who came up with a bunny delivering eggs. Actually I read that colored eggs preceded Christianity. During the Passover Seder a roasted egg is displayed to remind us of the burnt offering that was offered in the temple in Jerusalem.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      My Easter clothes included a hat and white gloves. The only hats women tend to wear now are winter wools. Those lovely spring, wide-brimmed hats are gone. I have one in pink which I love and wear on Easter.

      My father always wore his fedora to work. Men wore them everywhere, even to baseball games. You’re right but there no longer being business hats. Baseball caps are worn everywhere now.

      Spring cleaning was sometimes before Easter and sometimes after. It depended on when Easter happened.

      I found this on Wikipedia, “The Easter Bunny (also called the Easter Rabbit or Easter Hare) is a fantasy character depicted as a rabbit bringing Easter eggs. Originating among German Lutherans, the Easter Hare originally played the role of a judge, evaluating whether children were good or disobedient in behavior at the start of the season of Eastertide. The Easter Bunny is sometimes depicted with clothes. In legend, the creature carries colored eggs in his basket, candy and sometimes also toys to the homes of children, and as such shows similarities to Santa Claus or the Christkind, as they both bring gifts to children on the night before their respective holiday. The custom was first mentioned in Georg Franck von Franckenau’s De obis paschalibu (About Easter Eggs) in 1682[3] referring to a German tradition of an Easter Hare bringing Easter Eggs for the children. Some Christians today believe that the rabbit symbolizes new life particularly in relation to the resurrection of Jesus.”

      • flyboybob Says:

        Wow! Thanks for the research on the Easter bunny. I imagine you will look good in that pink hat tomorrow.

        I think men’s hats started to go out of style with John Kennedy. And as the 1960s progressed anything that was a carry over from the past went out of style beginning with the arrival of the Beatles. Woman in the 1950s always wore hats and gloves when they dressed up and went out. Remember when woman wore hats with veils and those silly white cotton gloves. In the 1960s, our generation killed a lot of useless things such as girdles before there were pantyhose. I remember my mother coming home after going out and heading directly to her bedroom to remove her girdle. What crazy things woman did in those days for fashion.

      • katry Says:

        Bob,
        I hated garter belts most of all and was glad when panty hose was invented.

        I have this great picture of the men in suits and hats at Fenway Park. It does look a bit silly.

        The 60’s were a 180˚ from the 50’s and what clothes were appropriate.

    • olof1 Says:

      The eggs are an old pagan thing too. The hen started to lay eggs again around the time we celebrate easter and they symbolized a new beginning and a fertile year.

      • katry Says:

        Thanks, Christer, for adding some more information. I knew eggs represented new birth and fertility but didn’t know the Pagan piece.

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I think hats had a resurgence when Princess Di was wearing those cute little ones. Now they are popular for race day and the more outrageous they are, the better.
    I used to have a tradition every spring where I would choose my dog show/horse show/lawn mowing hat for the season. It generally started out as a plain straw hat of some kind onto which various flowers and whatever would get hot glued. I still have a couple of them. There’s a hot little red number that was a particular favorite.

    That bunny is scary and the kid looks a bit dubious, too.

    I agree with Christer that Gracie ate a toad although I don’t think there are any toads out yet. My old dog Tegan tried to eat one once and foamed at the mouth for an hour. Damned if the little witch didn’t try to find that toad to finish the job.

    Today is lovely. Rocky and I have been for a very slow walk around the block. I carried my cane but did not have to use it much. My back seems improved but does not want me to wear shoes of any kind. Normally I would not be upset about that but it’s a bit inconvenient when shopping. 🙂

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      Jackie Kennedy had those pill box hats which Diana brought back into vogue. Those princesses, Beatrice and her sister, had the craziest hats at the wedding. I love that you had a new hat for the new season. They would make a great collage, an homage to spring.

      It does look scary. I never went to see the Easter Bunny. I don’t think they were around when I was little.

      The vet found nothing wrong with Gracie. She passed all the tests he did to check awareness. He thinks she may have eaten something or had something caught in her teeth.

      I did some Easter errands, even got some Easter dog cookies for Gracie.

      I’m glad your back is better. That is one ache with which I totally sympathize.

      Have a great evening!

  4. Birgit Says:

    Santa is a mystery that even the theory of relativity can’t explain, but not the Easter rabbit, at least where I live. There is only one Santa but many strong Easter hares -not weak little bunnies- with large families. They don’t need extra help. They just have to paint the eggs and hide them in the vicinity. Not much work. Neither toys nor new clothes. It’s the kids job to find the eggs and put them into the basket. Since they look like regular hares except for an occasional jacket they don’t need a special hidden place to live. Mystery solved. In some local areas Easter foxes brought the eggs, but they are extinct now.
    Good luck at the vet, I hope Gracie is healthy.

    • olof1 Says:

      I would have loved the Easter fox 🙂 Hmm, can one restart that old tradition? 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      Thanks for clearing the whole Easter hare conundrum. I’m sorry the foxes are extinct. They are great additions to the story.

      We didn’t have an egg hunt every year, but I remember a few of them. At one, I found the golden egg, the top prize. I forget what the prize was, but I was excited with the egg.

      I have seen many Easter cards where the rabbits are painting the eggs in an assembly line formation. They use brushes and wonderful colors to draw lines and decorations on the eggs.

      Gracie is fine. The vet found nothing wrong with her. He said she may have eaten something from the yard or had something caught in her teeth. I was relieved.


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