We always do a family egg hunt every Easter, and sometimes we go to hunts sponsored by local parks. This year was one of those years, we were meeting a friend of mine who has a daughter almost the same age as the Munchkinette.
So of course there is a taped off area full of eggs, and for our age group (1-3 years) a bunch of kids who really didn’t know exactly what was going on. I know mine certainly didn’t.
But the parents sure did.
The parents kept pushing the tape boundaries, inching ever closer to the eggs. One lady in front of us had extended the tape a good three feet into the “egg area” so that the city workers were forced to move some of the eggs which were now very much in arm’s reach.
That should have given me my first clue as to how this was going to go down.
For our age group, we were instructed to not help our children, and only let them pick up what they themselves could put in their basket.
They might as well have been whispering in a hurricane for all the good that announcement did.
When the air horn went off, I of course allowed my daughter to bend over and pick up an egg, only to have a helicopter parent of another child swoop it into her arms, along with the dozen other eggs she already had.
I loudly exclaimed that only the kids were allowed to pick up eggs, and was treated as if I did not exist.
This woman was definitely not the only person with this mindset, as I saw kids who could barely walk with baskets filled to the brim with eggs.
Mine got four.
No wonder cities have been cancelling egg hunts.
This stuff is FREE. There were some kids who got no eggs at all. Your precious spawn truly does not care about the contents of the stupid eggs, which tend to be things more commonly found at the 99 Cent Store. Would it kill people to actually follow the rules and have a little humanity?
An early life lesson for my daughter is that the answer is yes, it apparently would.