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Running Around: Treasured Easter tradition may come to rescue again

| Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 9:01 p.m.

Easter rescues seem to run in the family.

It all started when I was turning 10 years old on the same weekend as Easter.

I invited just about all of my classmates to my house for a party, wore a new frilly dress, white fancy socks and black shiny shoes and had my hair done up in a cute high ponytail.

When no one showed up two hours after the party was supposed to start, I cried until my eyes were red, sore and puffy. I then called some of my friends, who said they couldn't make it because they had Easter plans with their families.

That's when my mother came to the rescue. Little did I know that while I was calling my friends, she was gathering up the neighborhood kids — even Tommy, the neighborhood bully who routinely doused me with water balloons every chance he got.

She also quickly rounded up some plastic Easter eggs, filled them with candy and money to hide all over the backyard, and turned my party into a big neighborhood Easter egg hunt. Afterward, my mother took a picture of me happily blowing on a party horn.

When I became a mom, my daughter had her own Easter disappointment.

When we were a little late for a local Easter egg hunt, she had to participate with the older children and ended up with no eggs in her basket.

When my daughter started to cry, I pulled aside the mother of one little boy whose basket was overflowing with eggs.

By the end of our talk, her little boy graciously agreed to put a few of his eggs in my daughter's basket and made her smile.

When we got home, I organized an Easter egg hunt just as my mother had, but I put poems in each egg to give hints as to where the next egg would be found.

My daughter, who now is 20 years old, loved it, and we have continued the tradition every year.

Last year, she organized a clue/poem Easter egg hunt just for me.

Maybe one day, her own daughter will need a Easter rescue, and she'll know just what to do to make the day a happy one.

Joanne Barron is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-324-1406 or

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