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I've always pictured the Easter Bunny hanging out in a cottage or in someone's garden, eating chocolate-covered carrots or hiding under a huge cabbage leaf. I bet the Easter Bunny was a little surprised to have received the letter from Henry among a pile of magazines and bills. It may have been a first!
On Easter morning, three Easter baskets were found in front of the couch. Each was filled with a chocolate rabbit, some special eggs (think Twix, Snickers, Milky Way) and various candy. Isaac's basket contained a Slinky; Noah received a yellow duck pen that quacks when the head is pushed; and Henry got a Star Wars yo-yo that lights up. Eggs filled with goodies were scattered throughout the living room and kitchen, and treats were hidden in corners and on window ledges.
This pile was on the floor, next to the baskets:
Just kidding. The Easter Bunny has never been that generous! At least, not here . . .
One iTunes card was left behind. In small letters at the top of the card in a pastel purple marker, the Easter Bunny had written in fancy handwriting, "For the Rouw Boys." Plural.
Henry could not believe his eyes. He read it more than once. I said, "It looks like you'll have to share this $15 gift card three ways. You each get $5."
Without missing a beat, Henry cried, "That's not fair!" The Easter Bunny was nowhere to be found, so he argued with me. The conversation ended when I explained that he needed to accept the $5 and be grateful for it, or he would get nothing. After all, it was exactly what he had requested, just a slightly different amount. Considering how many carrots the Easter Bunny eats (and therefore has perfect eyesight), surely this was not a mistake.
I had no idea the Easter Bunny delivered iTunes cards. Now I know.
As I told Henry, life is full of surprises.