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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Easter (05/30/05)

TITLE: Bunnies and Rabbits
By Genstacia Bull


“For the last time the answer is NO! You will not miss Sunday school to go to an Easter egg hunt.” Sally could hear the exasperation in her mum’s voice but her eight year old mind could not understand her logic so she pushes even further. “Mum all my friends are going even some from Sunday school. Isn’t it all part of the Easter celebrations?”

Madge stops unpacking her shopping and faces Sally. For a split second the temptation to cave in was overwhelming, especially when she sees the wide-eye innocence on Sally’s face staring back at her. She quickly resolves not to give in to compromise, one usually leads to another. “Sally eggs and bunnies have nothing to do with Easter; it is about the resurrection of Jesus Christ.”

“I don’t understand mummy. Why are the shops full of Easter eggs if it is not about Easter?” “Sally, it is traditional.” “What’s tradition?” “Something that passes down from one generation to the other. Some people believe all life come from eggs, and eggs represents rebirth. Some use it to celebrate spring time, and this custom exists long before Christianity.” “So where does the bunny come from then?” Madge resists the urge to roll her eyes, she has stuff to do, but thought she might as well explain now and get it over and done with. She knows Sally will not drop it until she settles it in her mind. “Well it is a symbol of the Norse goddess which is a rabbit, representing new life.” “Oh!” Sally whispered. “Satisfied!” Madge said with a sense of victory. “What should I tell my friends since they are expecting me to come with them?” “Go talk to Jesus about it.”

Madge said to dismiss her. Sally strolls into the kitchen twenty minutes later. “Mum” She said in a drooling tone. Madge knows she wants something. “Sally, if this is about the Easter hunt, the conversation is closed.” “No mum can I have a sleep over on Saturday night and could you bake some brownies on Sunday?” Madge sighs Sally rushes on “ Mum, I did speak to Him about it, and I have an idea, I want my friends to come over then we can all go to Sunday school together and have brownies afterwards. She couldn’t help but smile. “Sounds like a good idea indeed darling.”

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Leticia Caroccio06/06/05
What a nice lesson, though difficult, to teach on the real meaning of Easter. You portrayed a child's innocense in a true way; it was believable. I enjoyed it very much.
Delores Baber06/06/05
Good job! I've read a number of articles stressing the pagan roots of the Easter celebration, but they all came off as being judgemental. But this was approached in a loving manner and like words seasoned with grace. Thanks.
Phyllis Inniss 06/09/05
Very good lesson for Madge to teach her daughter and for me as I didn't know about the connection between bunnies and the Norse tradition. Thanks for sharing.
Shari Armstrong 06/09/05
Very nice. I liked that Mum told her to talk to Jesus about it! What a great example that is!!!
dub W06/09/05
Interesting story with a lesson being taught to the youngster. A tip: break your dialog into individual paragraphs. Also, the tense shift in the early paragraphs detracted from story a bit.