Happy Easter

Why do rabbits paint Easter eggs? Where do they get them? Do they steal them from the chickens’ nesting boxes? I suppose it wouldn’t be impossible for them to come up with a paintbrush somewhere – maybe some feathers lost by a bird. They might make colours for painting by chewing different plants or their flowers and spitting out the juice onto a rock and dipping the “brush” in. Most of the painting party would have to take place at night – first to make it easier to steal the eggs, and second, to have the whole warren pitch in and work on the painting while the dogs (Emma and Ruby) are sleeping in the house.

I see that one of the eggs is of alabaster. It has been part of the collection for more than 40 years. An inexpensive little something bought at a shop in Vancouver. A quail has contributed an egg to the plate. One of its babies was not going to hatch, so its shell is like a commemorative to the little guy. The four faded eggs were painted by my friends Yana and Yosef when they were about 8 or 9 years old. They’re about 32 now. The more brightly coloured eggs, were done by professional rabbits in the Czech Republic more than 20 years ago. These eggs are all resting on an authentic Czech plate that has holes in it. You might be able to see the holes beside the quail egg or to the top right of the green egg. It’s part of the fancy design of the dish that we fondly refer to as a soup plate.

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I’m glad that the rabbits painted these Easter eggs. I don’t usually think of these fluffy critters in a kindly light. No gardener would!  I’ll forgive them this time because of the hard work they do at Easter time, but my goodwill won’t last long. Once in a while I have to get my revenge on them  by eating one of their chocolate cousins, just to teach them a lesson.

Happy Easter!

45 thoughts on “Happy Easter

  1. Hi Anneli, Happy Easter to you too! I have a new email address:  ginapage541@yahoo.com Take care.  Gina

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    wordsfromanneli posted: “Why do rabbits paint Easter eggs? Where do they get them? Do they steal them from the chickens’ nesting boxes? I suppose it wouldn’t be impossible for them to come up with a paintbrush somewhere – maybe some feathers lost by a bird. They might make colour”  

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  2. Pretty eggs! They make me think of one of my favorite children’s books. It’s called The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes. Thanks for the fun memory. I’ll have to pull it out again.

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  3. Those eggs are so beautiful … you’re lucky to have them! I used to paint eggs for Easter when I was a kid, but in my country we didn’t have any rabbit in the tradition. Love the picture of him 🙂

    Happy Easter! 🐇

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        • Back home in Sweden, we didn’t have Hallowe’en at all until … perhaps twenty years ago, so it’s the other way around. The Easter thing is ancient there.

          All of a sudden, out of the blue, pumpkins started to appear in the stores, and the scary characters. It was as if it was being imposed upon us by commercial ‘powers’.

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        • I really don’t like what they’ve done to Halloween. In Germany I went to the cemetery with my mother to visit her father’s grave. There were coloured lights on all the graves and it was beautiful and peaceful. It never occurred to me to be afraid or to think about ghosts and horrible scary things. Then when we came to Canada, there was no All Saints Day and pretty lights on the graves; it was all ugly and scary. When I wanted to go trick or treating (what kid doesn’t want candy?) my mother said no way were her children going door to door, begging. So it was years before we convinced her and by that time I was getting too old for it. Sadly commercialized “holiday!”

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        • We had the same tradition about the cemetery. I always went to visit my father’s [an later my mother’s] grave. It was peaceful. In church, they read the names of all parishioners that had passed away during the year.

          I’ve been told Hallowe’en has its origins in Ireland.

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  4. Happy Easter, Anneli! Lovely collection of eggs you have there. Maybe you should try your hand at children’s stories. A workshop in the warren sounds like fun to me. 🙂

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    • Actually, I have written one, but in it the farmer defends his chickens and chases a cat out of the henhouse. That was deemed too violent. It didn’t even get past the scrutiny of the writer’s group, even though the story had a happy ending and no one got hurt. There are too many crusaders out there, ready to pounce. But yes, I would enjoy writing children’s stories. Have a happy Easter, too, Pat.

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        • Yes, I know. But look how the fairy tales have all been made out to be bad. They have a terrible influence on our children (supposedly). I grew up with all those fairy tales and it didn’t turn me into a psycho. They should try banning the video games where they kill people for fun, instead of worrying about the fairy tales and other children’s stories. But there are people now, who make it their business, their lifelong career, to be activists. They don’t have just one issue that they feel passionate about. Whatever it is, they’re against it. I find it’s too risky to try to write a children’s story (unless it’s a sappy one where nothing real, however seemingly harmless, ever happens.

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        • Fortunately, the brothers Grimm are still with us so children can still be delightfully horrified by the wicked step-sisters cutting off bits of their feet. That doesn’t help you much.

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  5. Happy Easter to you, Anneli! Beautiful Easter eggs on that lovely plate. We used to paint eggs every Easter when we very young. Lots of good memories associated with Easter, when our Mother was alive and we were small. She loved hiding our treats and leaving secret messages or clues where to find them. Take care.

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