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More than a Dust of Snow…

“How did it happen that their lips came together? How does it happen that birds sing, that snow melts, that the rose unfolds, that the dawn whitens behind the stark shapes of trees on the quivering summit of the hill? A kiss and all was said.” Victor Hugo Picture this: Captured Snowy Moments via eof This was meant to be a quick post and a brief one at that… but serendipity has it way of steering us to things that matter more than our human ...

On Life: Food For Thought…

“Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.” Will Rogers On Life: Food For Thought... Powerful Expectations The famous French ruler, Napoleon Bonaparte was given a star sapphire when he was a boy. The sapphire came with a prophecy that it would bring him good fortune and make him Emperor of France. Napoleon believed in the promise of the sapphire and accepted it to be true. He was crowned Emperor of France ...

Musings: Ode To An Email Junkie…

“I’m addicted to email, but other than that, there are practical things – being able to buy a book on the internet that you can’t find in your local bookshop. This could be a lifeline if you live further from the sources.”  Marilyn Hacker Ode To An Email Junkie by ElizOF A tongue-firmly-planted-in-cheek ode… The love affair began with that dinosaur – A An aging mail maid with suspect kin She danced before EJ’s novice eyes and signed her up without a sigh Soon that chime-y ...

Musings: Observing Small Stones…

“The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” Chinese Proverbs Musings: Observing Small Stones… Small Stones A walk on the beach Cleansing salt water in the air Pebbles everywhere A few invite me in to dine… When we take a walk on the beach, we go there not only to enjoy the ocean and get a tan, but to reconnect with something ancient in the air; perhaps the healing properties, the pebbles or sea shells we are drawn to. We stroll, we listen, ...

Reflections: Post Hurricane Sandy…

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Memories: The Longest Walk…

“Few people know how to take a walk. The qualifications are endurance, plain clothes, old shoes, an eye for nature, good humor, vast curiosity, good speech, good silence and nothing too much.” Ralph Waldo Emerson Memories: The Longest Walk... May you always walk in sunshine... What’s the longest you’ve ever walked in a single day? Throughout our lives, we are on a steady journey, taking a long walk to meet ourselves. We take one step after the other until we get there ...

Earth Day 2011: Ten Things To Do…

“Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realize we cannot eat money.” Cree Indian Proverb Earth Day 2011: Ten Things To Do... First Earth Day Poster Happy Earth Day all! The last several weeks have been incredibly hectic on my end. We’ve spent time traveling with our college bound twins to make final visits to various accepted student dates and on each visit, I was reminded of the ...

Help Pick My Book Cover: A Question of Faith

My first non-fiction book will be released in November 2011. We're in the final stages of production with the publishing house and have these two cover options. Which do you like best - "parchment" or "hands"? Please comment here with your opinion. Thanks!

12 Phrases Dads Do Not Want to Hear….

As a parent of two kids – plus another expected addition within the next few weeks – there are some things I love to hear my daughters say. Such as, “You’re the greatest dad ever” or “I love you to the moon and back” or “I’m not going to date until I’m 35 years old!!!” That’s music to my ears. However, there are some phrases that I dread to hear coming from the mouths of my children. While I haven’t heard all of these ...

Justifying The "B" Word

Yes, I admit it; in a moment of weakness I looked my son’s godmother in the face and called her the “B” word. Horrible I know, but don’t condemn me until you know the facts. Our son’s godparents (I’ll refer to them as Mr. and Mrs. G.) are psychologists and a delightful couple. They live in Sacramento and are our oldest and closest friends—the reason we selected them to be our son’s godparents. They’d agreed to raise little CJ should a ...

Hilarious Words With Kids

Humorist Art Linkletter is most well known for his popular broadcast program Kids Say the Darndest Things, which ran from the 1940s through the 1960s. However, beyond merely saying the darndest things, sometimes kids DO the darndest things that have no existing description within the English language. How do parents convey these unexplanable antics??? Enter Eric Ruhalter’s book The Kid Dictionary - hilarious words to describe the indescribable things kids do. Ruhalter is a father of three rambunctious kids who helped inspire the book. While, I’ve ...

A Patio for Entertaining

Outdoor living spaces have always been popular, but with today’s lifestyles of long work hours, lengthy commutes and hectic family schedules, the need for a backyard retreat is greater than ever. Throw in the rising popularity of staycations, and the benefits of a backyard paradise become unmistakable. We recently designed an outdoor living space for clients that love to entertain friends and family, and wanted their patio to serve as an extension of their home. Festive furnishings in a color palette ...

The $5.37 “Caption This” Contest: Vol. 4

Thanks to everyone who entered to win the princely, yet random, $5.37 cash prize for the weekly “Caption This” Contest! After much consideration and engagement with Hollywood image consultant Rachel Zoe (she is just fabulous)  a winner has been selected for last week’s “Caption This” Contest. That winner is Lisa Stivers see her caption below. “Don’t worry Honey I got this….I saw it on Pinterest.” Congratulations to the victor – who can message me at Facebook or on Twitter with an appropriate email address to ...

A Father’s Worst Fear is Looming…

Taylor and me nearly 8 years ago... Our oldest daughter is 10 years old and in the fifth grade.  She plays the violin, is a voracious reader, loves playing with her cats and playing American Girl dolls with her sister. She’s possibly the kindest and most considerate person I know. She makes me want to be a better father, a better husband and a better man. I love her desperately. I’ll always see her as the little girl in the picture above – I can’t ...

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Musings: What’s With The Easter Bunny?

“Let the resurrection joy lift us from loneliness and weakness and despair to strength and beauty and happiness” Floyd W. Tomkins

Musings: What’s With The Easter Bunny?

Musings: What’s With The Easter Bunny?

Saving the Easter Bunny
A man was blissfully driving along the highway, when he saw the Easter Bunny hopping across the middle of the road. He swerved to avoid hitting the Bunny, but unfortunately the rabbit jumped in front of his car and was hit. The basket of eggs went flying all over the place.
The driver, being a sensitive man as well as an animal lover, pulled over to the side of the road, and got out to see what had become of the Bunny carrying the basket. Much to his dismay, the colorful Bunny was dead. The driver felt guilty and began to cry.
A woman driving down the same highway saw the man crying on the side of the road and pulled over. She stepped out of her car and asked the man what was wrong. Contd Below

Have you ever wondered how the Easter Bunny became part of the Easter Resurrection celebrations? Or even what started those colorful Easter egg hunts that children enjoy? According to notes on Wikipedia, the first mention of a friendly bunny bearing gifts of eggs was found in Georg Franck von Frankenau‘s De ovis paschalibus (About Easter Eggs) in 1682. It was a reference to an Alsace tradition. But how did that become so closely tied to Easter? Apparently, the hare/rabbit was popular in medieval art and it was believed that they could reproduce with losing their virginity… sort of like the immaculate conception of our Virgin Mary. And there is some relevance to rabbits and the holy trinity which didn’t fully register in my mind. It gets quite interesting as we dig deeper.

“Easter is all about a wise rabbit trying to steal the lead role from Jesus by using chocolate eggs to fool people.” Tewin Sham

Musings: What’s With The Easter Bunny?

“I feel terrible,” he explained, “I accidentally hit the Easter Bunny and killed it. There may not be an Easter because of me. What should I do?”
The woman told the man not to worry. She knew exactly what to do. She went to her car trunk, and pulled out a spray can. She walked over to the limp, dead Bunny, and sprayed the entire contents of the can onto the little furry animal.
Miraculously the Easter Bunny came to back life, jumped up, picked up the spilled eggs and candy, waved its paw at the two humans and hopped on down the road. 50 yards away the Easter Bunny stopped, turned around, waved and hopped on down the road another 50 yards, turned, waved, hopped another 50 yards and waved again!
The man was astonished. He said to the woman, “What in heaven’s name is in your spray can? What was it that you sprayed on the Easter Bunny?” The woman turned the can around so that the man could read the label. It said: “Hair spray. Restores life to dead hair. Adds permanent wave.” Anon

Another important part of the story is that hares/rabbits and eggs are symbols of fertility and new birth; birds lay eggs and rabbits/hares give birth in the early spring, solidifying their symbols as representative of fertility of the earth at the Vernal Equinox. Since Easter falls around the same time, the ancients made a connection between the two and hence our mutual celebration of Easter, bunny rabbits, colorful eggs and yes, chocolates… Why the chocolates? Come back for more.  Happy Easter!

“It is the hour to rend thy chains,The blossom time of souls” Katherine Lee Bates

Musings: What’s With The Easter Bunny?

What do Easter Bunny helpers get for making a basket? A: Two points, just like anyone else.
Good Idea: Finding Easter eggs on Easter. Bad Idea: Finding Easter eggs on Xmas.
How can you find the Easter bunny? A: Eggs (x) marks the spot.
How does the Easter bunny paint all the Easter eggs? A: She hires Santa’s elves during off-season.
Why was the Easter Bunny so upset? A: He was having a bad hare day!
What is the difference between a crazy bunny and a counterfeit banknote? One is bad money and the other is a mad bunny!
Why did the Easter egg hide? He was a little chicken!
Why is a bunny the luckiest animal in the world? It has four rabbits’ feet!
What do you call a bunny with a large brain? Egghead!
What did the bunny want to do when he grew up? Join the Hare Force.
How do you make a rabbit stew? Make it wait for three hours!
What did the gray rabbit say to the blue rabbit? Cheer up!

The custom of coloring eggs goes way back and isn’t completely clear or known. However, members of the Eastern Orthodox Church chose the color red for their eggs to show connections to the death of Jesus. Perhaps because some Christians skipped eggs for Lent, there was more to use during Easter. Gifting good kids with colorful eggs during this season became another way to get them interested in behaving and in Easter. While the Easter bunny gained popularity in Europe, it didn’t come to the U.S. until the 18th century. What are your thoughts? Have you read about the Easter Bunny? Do you incorporate it into your Easter holiday traditions? Do you have any favorite Easter games? Do share! Thank you.

*Please bear with me as I continue to catch up on your blogs and commenting… Thank you all for your patience!

Positive Motivation Tip: The Easter Bunny adds humor to a special religious celebration… Perhaps reminding us to laugh a little and enjoy our life.

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All photos via Wikipedia and/or via Flickr Bunny Jokes via various sources: Tweepi.com and EasterHumor.com

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

Elizabeth - Mirth and Motivation

Motivate. Elevate. Laugh. Live Positively… I am a mother of two, sister to many and a card-carrying certified optimist. My family and friends are golden because our love and trust is unequivocal. I've traveled, I've lived, I've had my share of happiness and hurt and I remain grateful for God's grace in my life...

3 comments to Musings: What’s With The Easter Bunny?

  • Actually, the Hare is a symbol commonly associated with the Pagan Holy day of Ostara- which is where the Christians got their Easter from.
    Happy Ostara!

  • I find it interesting how a belief structure at one point in time weaves into another at another point in time and so on. All eventually circling back and beginning again. Each a thread that creates the wonderful web that is this world. All right, all wrong, all dark, and light. Every single strand spun from a love so deep and profound I do not believe there is a human being that can actually comprehend the mind of the Weaver. I am so grateful to be alive to witness such wonder and diversity!

  • Thank you Tracy and Leslie. I found the whole thing quite fascinating and that the genesis of a tradition we practice today goes back to Pagan times and different motivations. The ancient churches borrowed a lot of rituals from common pagan practices and soon made them relevant to the christian experience. :-)

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