It's safe to say that I am hyper-aware of the things I want my child to remember. As if I have a choice, ha! I treasure and fondly reminisce on yearly traditions I had as a wee-one. I am certain most of the memories weren't choreographed by my parents either, which takes my hovering to a new silliness-level.
So consider me: mom who wants to create smiley memories at every turn, and add into the mix Easter (a holiday traditionally marked by egg coloring) along with new-found veganism.
My tradition-o-meter was flashing and honking and steaming and raising a ruckus that had my blood pressure rising and tears forming in my eyes as I considered that egg dying my not be in my child's future. I spend a good few minutes freaking out about this. Then, all hail the internet, I checked in with my vegan brethren and found my new traditions!
As my wise old Uncle Joe told me (nearly 6 years ago- so don't quote me verbatim): we are making a new family, with new traditions and new habits- you are a new unit, the old one is still there, but this one is for you to take and make your own.
My Uncle Joe married us, but before he would he wanted to meet with us and chat some. Good move, Uncle. I remember that ALL the time. I cherish it. It gives me permission to be a new family, unbounded by the old one and free to make new choices, if that is what we want to do.
Our new tradition looks like this: cover a small balloon with tissue paper painted over with a flour/water mixture, let it dry and pop the balloon to get it out. Fill the "egg" with goodies (this year will be stickers, Annie's gummy bunnies, and something else) and then hide the eggs Saturday after the wee-one falls asleep.
OH MY GOSH I CANNOT WAIT!
I love, love, LOVE watching my kid explore new experiences. It's like crack for me- I get so amped up to see what she'll do, how she'll problem solve, her excitement at figuring things out. What a rush! I guess vegan Easter won't be ruined after all.
On a related note: stay tuned for an unlikely Easter bunny story, coming soon to this blog near you.....