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EGG HUNT: Thoughtless boors ruined event

Letter by Buck Nieraeth, University Place on April 25, 2011 at 9:24 am with 8 Comments »
April 25, 2011 9:24 am

Many thanks to Farmers Insurance group, the University Place Fire Department, the March of Dimes and everyone else involved in the 1st Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt at Cirque Park Saturday. The weather was beautiful, the Easter Bunny was in perfect form and all the other activities were great.

The Easter Egg hunt was another story. The organizers provided 2,000 eggs to be placed on the field for the 1- to 4-year-old age group egg hunt. When the time came, rather than the joyful scrambling of toddlers trying to fill their baskets, all we had was a crowd of low-class, thoughtless boors running across the field full speed and carrying their kids to as many eggs as fast as they could.

Those 2,000 eggs were scooped up within 60 seconds. We didn’t stay for the 5- to 7-year-old age group for fear of the mob scene that might have been.

If any of those “parents” are reading this, I hope they had fun, and I hope they realize how embarrassed I am to have to call them my neighbors.

Leave a comment Comments → 8
  1. There should have been ground rules for the Easter egg hunt posted, and somone there to implement them.

    Its amazing how greed and selfishness can take over ones common sense and virtues and respect for each other.

  2. the3rdpigshouse says:

    Call it “The Charge of the Dependent Class”!!!!

  3. frankiethomas says:

    We never go to public Easter Egg hunts anymore for that very reason. It’s ridiculous. If you are a rule-abider you are screwed. And the event organizers never seem to do anything about it.

  4. itwasntmethistime says:

    We went to a large fundraiser brunch/hunt once, but it wasn’t much fun. It was more of a mad dash scramble than a hunt. The eggs were gone in about 30 seconds and half the kids were in tears. Although it was a fundraiser, people still anticipated their kids coming away with a few eggs for the money they spent.

    If you’re looking for more pleasant memories for your kids, stick to your own church. That’s where we’ve had the most fun.

  5. BlaineCGarver says:

    Sad….Reenforces my intentions of staying away from large crowds. Ever see the day after Thanksgiving sales?? There is no more class in America, to speak of. Just a bunch of slobs.

  6. LarryFine says:

    That’s what you get when some folks think they’ll get something for free… and that someone else just might get a little more than them. ;)

  7. alindasue says:

    Walking along behind the child and maybe pointing him in the right direction is helping a child. Carrying a child to each and every egg is doing it for him.

    These are the same parents who do their children’s homework for them. They are so afraid that their children aren’t going to succeed without their “help” that they don’t let their children learn for themselves.

    It is possible to help a child and still make him do most of the work. It may take a little more effort on the parents’ part to tutor this way, but in the end the child will be better for it.

  8. We only went to one public egg hunt and that is all it took. When you see stupid idiotic parents plowing over two and three year olds while their own child is strapped in a stroller AND they get most all the eggs, you then realize its best not to go to these things. Since that event, the Easter Bunny has ALWAYS made a special stop in our yard where our children and their friends can actually enjoy the event.

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