Easter Bunny sighting in Bancroft Park
It was a fairly typical spring day in Bancroft Park, except for one thing:|
There was this giant, brightly colored rabbit.
Hmm, this could be a story, the reporter decided.
He walked closer, assessing the situation. The rabbit didn't look threatening, although from picture books the reporter had seen he could have sworn most rabbits walked on all fours. And they definitely didn't carry Easter baskets.
Then the reporter noticed the rabbit had two assistants - Nancy Stovall and Lynda Dunne of the Old Colorado City Associates (OCCA) merchants group.
Let me think, the reporter thought (even though it hurt). Did the OCCA representation imply a connection between this giant rabbit and the Easter Egg Hunt planned by the merchants at 12:30 p.m. in Bancroft Park Saturday, April 3?
Naw, that would be too easy.
But then the bunny began to talk. Fortunately, the reporter has covered school board meetings, so nothing surprises him anymore. Yes indeed, the bunny affirmed, he was casing out the park for the Saturday event.
It's not everyday that a reporter gets to interview the Easter Bunny, so he asked the first question that popped into his mind. Where does he get all his eggs?
This produced a history lesson from the surprisingly learned lapin. The eggs, he explained, come from western Pennsylvania. This stems from German families having moved there hundreds of years ago, bringing with them pagan traditions predating the Christian Easter, which included such practices as children putting eggs in their bonnets.
“The egg is a symbol of fertility,” the high-eared hare hammed. “And what's more fertile than a bunny?”
Around this time, a mother and her daughter came strolling through the park. The little girl's eyes gleamed with delight at spotting in advance the symbol of one of the year's great days for children. He gave her an egg from his basket; she gave him a hug.
Then the bunny was gone, with a pledge to return to the park April 3. Furthermore, he encouraged all Westside children ages 8 and under to come by that day and join the hunt for fun and prizes.
After the bunny had gone, the reporter was left to think (which once more was painful). Should he write the story of this implausible encounter, or would people disbelieve it because the paper published on April Fool's Day?
He decided to drop the whole idea. Instead, he began doing research on how to look 8 years old.
Westside Pioneer article