Sunday, April 8, 2012

Passover and Easter

Friday night, there were a few times when Kai wanted to take over his grandfather’s role in leading the Seder. The next day, he asked when he would be able to lead it. I told him that when he was grown up and had his own family, he could be in charge of the Seder.

He did not want to wait that long.

At lunchtime, he wanted to repeat the Seder, this time with him in charge. And so we did.


A few years ago, we took Kai to our local Park District’s Easter Egg Hunt. It wasn’t much of a “hunt” as all the plastic eggs were distributed in plain sight in a big open field. When the signal was given, the throng of kids stormed the field and grabbed all the eggs they could. It was an Egg Grab more than an Egg Hunt.

At that time, Kai was still more in his own world. He did not communicate much. He did not listen to commands well. So, when the other kids started running onto the field and going for the eggs, Kai did not move. Mom had to take him by the hand and pull him onto the field. And when they were in the field, it was all she could do to get him to pick up a few eggs before the other kids grabbed them all.

We did not go to the big Easter egg hunts in the years after that.

But, this year, Kai saw a poster for the event the other day and said he wanted to go. With a bit of trepidation, I took him yesterday morning.

This time he waited patiently for the signal. And when it was given, he ran amidst the huge throng of kids and had no problem quickly filling my hat with ten eggs. (I had forgotten to take an Easter basket with us).

He has changed so much since that last egg hunt, and it was a joy to see.

Kai could have easily gotten a lot more eggs. But he had heard the announcement that each child was limited to ten, and he obeyed the rules. I was disappointed when we saw other kids with a lot more than ten eggs. I had to praise him for following the rules, even as he said that next time he would go for more.

In the afternoon, it was time to color eggs. Kai looks forward to it, and had a hard time waiting until we were all ready. But once he had colored about eight or nine eggs, he had had enough and it was up to my wife and I to finish coloring the three dozen eggs we had.

But it was a fun time.

This morning, Kai looked forward to seeing what the Easter Bunny brought. He enjoyed his Easter basket somewhat, but as he doesn’t eat chocolate or most candy, the Easter treats are not all that exciting for him.

It looks like a nice day out. We hope you are enjoying your Easter Sunday.


  1. Aaah, love him for following the rules. All children should! We went to an egg hunt locally where the hunt was actually for bits of coloured paper, to then be exchanged for an egg at the end. Our ASD girl took it all surprisingly well, even when they had run out of eggs and she had to have a small bag of chocolate balls instead. When we got back to the car after though, she did ask 'when are we doing the egg hunt?'!!! This time last year we probably wouldn't have been able to get past that though, so it is nice to see them improve, isn't it?!

    1. Steph, that is great that your daughter did so well during the hunt. Yes, we really treasure any improvements that we see!

  2. It is good to hear that Kai wanted to do the Seder by himself. He is maturing. He wants to be a leader...that is a good sign.

    1. I'm not so sure that it's maturity as much as him liking to be in charge. :) But, I do think it's a good sign, and that he has the attributes to be a good leader some day.


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