What’s in an Easter Egg?
It’s almost Easter weekend and nearly time for that wonderful occasion loved by children all over the world, the Easter Egg Hunt! Kids laugh and run, searching every nook and cranny for the tasty chocolate eggs stashed away by the Easter Bunny. Whether it’s in a park or in a host’s home, that place’ll get turned inside out by the rambunctious little ones.
As the kids have the time of their lives, the grownups watching them can’t help but enjoy the shenanigans. There’s more to the Easter Egg Hunt than the fun games and tasty treats though. It’s got a hidden depth to it with real benefits that can give both parents and kids a greater appreciation for the occasion and life itself!
The thrill of the hunt stimulates young and old minds alike!
It’s a great game and in a way it’s the opposite of Christmas. With the Yuletide festivities, the season culminates in unwrapping the gifts that Father Christmas has placed under the tree. The recipient relishes in the element of surprise, the mystery of what lies in the box.
On the other hand, in Easter the eggs usually contain either chocolate or candy, so know what they’re in for. But the treats are not just conveniently piled under a tree, they’re hidden all over the place. So the kids have to find ‘em and the ones who’re better at searching, or just more persistent will find them first or find the most of them. That active effort and how it is rewarded makes all the difference in the world!
Inconvenience is good in an age of instant-everything
The process of searching makes all the difference! Especially in today’s world of conveniences, where everything from coffee to noodles can come in instant versions. Nowadays, almost everything’s just at the tip of one’s fingers, giving “digital efficiency” a very literal meaning. This isn’t a bad thing, efficiency is vital when people have to face the hustle and bustle of modern life. But nonetheless, there has to be a balance, a Yin to the Yang to even things out. People need to slow down and do things the hard way – and that’s one of the good things about the Easter Egg Hunt.
Lost in the philosophizing yet? Don’t fret!
To put it simply, the Easter Egg Hunt makes the kids work hard to find what they want. They have to be creative. There’s competition so they’ve got to run ahead of the rest or work with their siblings and buddies. They have to search smarter and keep on searching because what they’re looking for is hidden. The eggs might be hidden all over a big wide yard that seems gigantic to small kids with their tiny legs. And so on.
Do it yourself, cause mom and dad can’t always help!
For young children, finding the hidden eggs isn’t an easy task (even for some adults it can be a challenge!). And it’s exhilarating precisely because of that! They can’t just ask mommy or daddy or Siri or Alexa. This is an exercise in autonomy, which is crucial according to Piaget’s stages of childhood development.
In comparison, since when have you ever heard of adults rejoicing over something that isn’t convenient? Without knocking on millennials or boomers or whatever, let’s face it: whether it’s some young adult sending out resumes, or someone older dealing with creaky joints and tax returns, time’s a relative luxury. Adults can and do indulge in similar games and pursuits, but these usually require a bit of free time. So grownups, remember to have some time saved up for some fun and games! Consider upgrading your Easter Eggs into decorated jars of Nutella.
The rush of simple pleasures, games as learning experiences
Unlike us grownups, kids are still learning and growing and they’ve got the free time to take joy in the simple pleasures of being lost in the rush of curiosity and finding hidden things. They have to be given enough time to do these sort of things. It is not just an indulgence but an important part of healthy development. These carefree games can help shape the kids in ways more profound than whatever they’re filling up in exams or homework. These are lessons they won’t ever forget! After all, in the countless centuries before homework and formal schooling were invented, play was the primary way kids learned!
So hopefully they’ll have the time and the space to continue with things like these as they grow older, as they become like us. And when they do become like us…
So let’s remember the excitement of things that aren’t in the routine!
This all serves as a reminder to us adults that sometimes, lots of times, the most rewarding things in life aren’t the things we can just find via Google or in our to-do lists. We get excited with things that aren’t in the routine. That’s what life’s about! We didn’t plan out our first encounter with our special someone, we didn’t come to know our best friends because it was in the itinerary. Those happened through happenstance! That’s why those “how did you know ‘em” stories can get hilarious!
These are our Easter Eggs! We found them, these people we care for, the passions that drive us. From another perspective you could say they found us. Yes, the Easter Bunny didn’t hide these particular treats. We didn’t know that we were out hunting for them, but that’s because life ITSELF is the Easter Egg Hunt!
What lies ahead in life… are just like Easter Eggs!
So, this Easter weekend, remember that the game is a microcosm for life. It teaches kids an important lesson about what lies ahead in life. It’ll prepare them, cultivating mindsets valuing hard work, creativity, a healthy balance between competition and cooperation. They’ll also gain the motivation to search for rewarding things (round and chocolate filled or not).
Grownups don’t have to go through life gleefully squealing and running around flipping tables over in search for chocolate eggs. Yes, you can do that and you might become a Youtube sensation, congrats for the ad revenues in advance! 😀 But nonetheless, we can live each day applying the lesson of the Easter Egg Hunt. We can look forward to unexpected discoveries with anticipation rather than anxiety.