Every year there is an Easter Egg Hunt in our neighborhood, Echo Hills. Because we have such a wonderful playground area and picnic area, it is easy to gather tons of kids and their families to hunt for Easter eggs. The way it works is that the hunt is divided by age groups, so the very youngest have their small area, the not too young have their larger area, and the somewhat older are more spread out. It works just great. There are lots of refreshments and the adults get to stand around, drink coffee, eat all the doughnuts they want, and catch up on all the happenings over the last 2 months-you know, the cold, snowy months when there is limited interaction because the days are short and the nights are freezing.
Well last year was a real trip-it snowed its brains out the day before the hunt and the entire area was covered in about a foot of snow. This makes for quite a challenge when trying to hide Easter eggs! But, alas, our neighborhood stood strong, and instead of hunting for Easter eggs, there were bags of candy made for the kids, coffee and doughnuts for the adults, and a fire burning in the firepit. All was not lost and there were a lot of happy faces that morning....lest I forget, the sun was shining and the snow had stopped overnight (yes, it was really cold).
So, when our community volunteers were thrown lemons (or, in this case, snow), they rose to the occasion and made lemonade...actually, hot chocolate for the kids! And, yes, there are plenty of doughnuts for everyone, although I saw a lot more hands in the candy bags. What a great time, even if it did not follow the plan. Sometimes, not following the plan is just as much or more fun! I wonder what this year will bring...
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