Monday, April 21, 2014

Stranger in the night.

You know those families who come home from Disney with autograph books full of signatures from allllllll the different characters?

That will never be us.

Because Finn is terrified of mascots. Or big guys, as he sometimes calls them. He's completely freaked by just about anything in costume. Which is kind of ironic because not a day goes by without someone dressing up around here... 

Chuck-e-cheese is a total nightmare (and it has that guy in a mouse costume...). The bouncy place we mostly love? If the big monkey is there (or if he might be there...), Finn won't leave my side. And he STILL talks about the mascot he saw at the baseball game we went to last summer.

I usually try my best to convince him that there's nothing to be scared of - it's just a person in a funny costume! - but with the Easter bunny, I totally get where he's coming from. At the Easter parade we went to on Saturday, every single Easter Bunny mascot that paraded past looked completely different. The only thing they had in common was that they were all a little freaky.

At least with Santa there's a fairly universal, agreed-upon look. White beard, red suit, black boots, check. Finn still doesn't want to go anywhere near him (never mind sit on his lap), but at least he knows what he's working with.

But the bunny thing? Yikes.

Easter eve (is that a thing?) Finn had a terrible time getting to sleep. First he wanted to be locked in his room so the bunny couldn't get near him. Then, after Uncle Erick explained that the bunny was a pretty nice guy who didn't stay long, minded his own business AND brought candy (I was out drinking margaritas with Moose and Bill...), Finn burst into tears and tried to opt out of Easter all together. Candy is great but not if it means one of these guys traipsing around your house in the middle of the night.

Or even weirder...what if it was just a bunny? How would it even hold a basket? I mean, no one really seems to know. We've spent so much time and energy figuring out Santa but I don't think anyone has ever sat down to really think about this bunny. What's he look like? Where does he live? How does he get around? Are their reindeer involved? The more questions my kids ask the more I realize I don't know a single thing about this elusive rabbit. I'm just glad we don't have to think about it for another year. Finn could use a good night's sleep...

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