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From Seasonal Wisdom…Gardening, Food and Folklore
Easter Bunny: It has long been said that fertile folks can “breed like rabbits.” No wonder many ancient cultures associated rabbits and hares with fertility, regeneration and spring. Old folklore believed rabbits cured sterility or difficult pregnancies. Even now it’s considered good luck to carry a rabbit’s foot. Perhaps the only ones who don’t consider rabbits a lucky symbol are the gardeners who have seen their flowers and vegetables devoured by the furry critters.
Immigrating Germans brought the Easter bunny to the United States. But the tradition wasn’t widely adopted in this country until after the Civil War.
Easter Eggs: It’s hard to imagine Easter without eggs. Yet, this tradition has roots that extend back to the earliest known civilizations. In fact, eggs represented rebirth and fertility to many ancient cultures.
Why does the month of April matter as we think about keeping kids safe? Quote from this website article from Child Trends…
“Some observances are ones you wish you did not have to mark. With some 686,000 children victimized annually by physical, mental, or sexual abuse, National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April is one of those observances. If there is good news here, it is that reports of child abuse have been declining slightly over recent years.”
Easter is very much about our Christian faith. For me, Easter also represents the laughter and joy of healthy and happy kids. When I recall long ago Easter celebrations with my own children and now observe little ones getting excited about the traditional Easter Egg hunt, I want to preserve this time of joy throughout the entire year and years to come. As parents and adult mentors we know that our future depends on kids growing up as healthy and happy young adults with hope and promise for the future. We are passionate about the safety and protection of our children who are the highest priority in our lives.
Although we work very hard to keep our kids safe, it is a fact that there are thousands of children who live in toxic or traumatic circumstances all over America and around the globe. It is critical to be reminded that all children are not safe and suffer from neglect and abuse in neighborhoods all around us in every corner of America. We can help these kids have a better life while we keep our own children safe by getting involved in community events and other programs throughout the year that are focused on keeping children in a safe environment with loving adult mentors. This extra adult attention for the children who are in need will make a huge difference for one child at a time.
On this Easter Sunday as we celebrate our Christian Faith, take quality time on this day and celebrate your children and others you know. Your smile and kindness can easily give a child in need of that extra loving attention hope for a brighter future. Do this everyday, not just on Easter Sunday…
Steve Sparks, Author, My Journey of Healing in Life After Trauma, Part 1 and Reconciliation: A Son’s Story