by Beth H. Arbogast

Featured in Chicken Soup for the Christian Family Soul
Picked by CS intern: Jaclyn Bauer

The Easter Bunny
by Beth H. Arbogast

The Easter Bunny

When I was a little girl, every Sunday my family of six would put on their best clothes and go to Sunday School and then church. The kids in elementary school would all meet together to sing songs, and then later divide into groups based on their ages.

One Easter Sunday, all the kids arrived with big eyes and big stories about what the Easter Bunny had brought. While all of the kids shared their stories with delight, one young boy, whom I will call Bobby, sat sullenly. One of the teachers, noticing this, said to him, “And what did the Easter Bunny bring you?” He replied, “My mom locked the door on accident so the Easter Bunny couldn’t get inside.”

This sounded like a reasonable idea to all of us kids, so we kept on going with the stories. My mom knew the true story, though. Bobby’s mom was a single parent, and she suspected that they just couldn’t afford the Easter Bunny.

After Sunday School was over, everyone went off to church. When my dad came to meet us my mom announced that we were going home instead. At home, she explained that to make Bobby feel better, we were going to pretend to be the Easter Bunny and make a basket of goodies for him and leave it at church. We all donated some of our candies to the basket, and headed back up to church. There, mom unzipped his coat, hung the basket over the hanger, and zipped up the coat and attached a note.

Dear Bobby,
I’m sorry I missed your house last night. Happy Easter.
Love,
The Easter Bunny

Beth H. Arbogast
From Chicken Soup for the Christian Family Soul

The Easter Bunny. Reprinted by permission of Beth H. Arbogast. ©1999 Beth H. Arbogast.