Saturday, March 31, 2012

Easter Party, Preschool Style

 Eli and I went to Andy's preschool for an Easter party on Thursday. The kids had to wait patiently and the parents attempted to mingle around the food until it was time for the egg hunt. There were about 15 kids and at least as many parents, grandparents and younger siblings crammed in the classroom. We said lots of "sorry", "excuse me", "no, don't touch that" as we tried not to step on each other or our children. Andy threw back some sugar and tried to pass the time with a good book. Eli is fascinated with toy kitchens and the pretend food so he was delighted to find plenty of both. At last it they were instructed to line up with their baskets and head out to the playground.
 Capturing a picture of a child darting all over the place in search of plastic eggs is a tall order. I had to be content with a picture of the loot, instead. Andy begged us to stuff the eggs we donated with cars, of course. We refused and went with candy. Lucky for him one of his friends stuffed their eggs with the much coveted toy car. Andy was quite anxious about acquiring an egg with a car. It was his prized possession until this afternoon when it was replaced with a green lantern happy meal toy. But I digress...
 I don't think Eli was really supposed to participate but there was no holding him back. He figured out what this was all about in a matter of seconds. He was so sweet, brought the eggs he found right to Andy. I think he would have stayed there all day, gathering plastic eggs and giving them to the other kids.
Back inside, each child calmly sat in a circle and sorted out all of their candy, stickers and toy cars. 
Eli went back to gathering plastic food and I finally had a chance to enjoy the food in relative peace. That's a preschool Easter party for you: controlled chaos with a heap of sugar and a healthy dose of enthusiasm. 

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