About a week ago, someone I was talking to (on the phone, of course) asked me what I had planned for the kids for Easter. It dawned on me then that the answer was “nothing”. in regular times, we do a small egg hunt at home, and then participate in the community kids egg hunt and party. of course this year, that event is cancelled. Thanks coronavirus.
I didn’t really worry about it much and decided that getting some chocolate eggs in the next grocery order would do. except there weren’t any to order. An attempt to physically attend a store to get some found us met with a lone too long for the time we had. The next plan B was to bake egg shaped sugar cookies and make a scavenger hunt outdoors form some plastic eggs we had from last year, which could be redeemed for cookies. Then I remember that the other thing that did not come with the grocery order due to being out was flour. I was actually kind of relieved, as trying to balance working full time from home while also caring for children takes a lot of energy, and about the last thing I wanted to do at the end of the day was bake cookies.
So I explained to my 4 and 2 year olds that the Easter Bunny could not come because she was also staying away from others to keep ‘the virus’ from making people sick.
To my surprise, there were not tears and no disappointment. My 4 year old said, “you mean the Easter bunny is REAL?, and she has to follow the rules too?”. Not what I was expecting!
So after a discussion in which I did not answer the question about the real-ness of the Easter bunny but instead asked her what she thought, we came up with idea of coloring cut out paper eggs, and perhaps trying out decorating some real ones with markers, since we ran out of paint last week. My 2 year old was just happy to do some art together.
This experience led us to the next thing- A discussion of one of their upcoming birthdays, and the fact that we cant have a party and that the presents are going to arrive about a week late. Again, no big deal.
Its been very interesting to watch my kids reactions to the very first hint of scarcity they have ever experienced. They miss their friends and going to do some of the fun things we sometimes do, but mostly they are really enjoying being at home. When things that were fun before aren’t working out, they are pretty creative at making a new ‘good enough’ plan. Its clear evidence to me that some of the things that we work so hard to do for them are completely unnecessary, and scaling back to a more reasonable and manageable version of life is more then acceptable.
Sometimes, good enough is pretty darn good.