Monday, April 6, 2009

The Coloring of the Eggs

Rather than talk about Easter as a whole, I'm going to focus on just one of Easter's traditions - coloring Easter eggs.

As a kid, I loved coloring eggs. Being the creative child I was, I enjoyed the process of dying the eggs in some crazy design far more than actually eating the eggs over the next several days. I hated the dye kits that came with stickers, because just coloring an egg and applying a sticker so didn't seem creative enough for me.

Which usually meant that by the time I was done, I could have passed for a life-size colored Easter egg myself. I still am not known for being overly neat in my creative pursuits. :) Which was fine as a child, because I didn't have to do the cleaning up. I just got to have fun.

Now, as a parent -- I LOVE the sticker kits, because my kids simply don't make as much of a mess with them. Up until this year, my younger set was fine with the stickers. They didn't seem to have that messy, creative gene that I have. This year, though, everything has changed. Maybe it's their age (almost 7), but suddenly, messy artwork is their middle name.

At the store the other day, when I tried (fruitlessly) to talk them into buying several sticker pack dye kits, their responses were a uniform "NO!" So it seems this year, I'll be reliving my childhood--only, I'll be in charge of the cleanup.

I think it will be fun, though. I love seeing the creative side of my boys emerge, and if that means a little extra work at the end of a coloring session, then so be it.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Easter weekend!


Jillian Cantor said...

Tracy, I hope you enjoy it! Sounds like a lot of fun -- even if you will have a mess to clean up!

Maureen Lipinski said...

Is it wrong that I'm sort of glad that my son is too young to color Easter eggs yet? Because, knowing myself, I'd forget the eggs were in the fridge after we colored them and it would lead to a rotten Easter egg/horrible smell/bad mother debacle.

~Sia McKye~ said...

My mom didn't confine egg decorating to Easter.

There were those times when we were confined to the house due to weather, bored, and nothing to do and we had already gone through her formidable chores list "to do when your kids stupid enough to complain they're bored"

She'd haul out eggs and have us decorate them. We even did a Faberge styled egg decoration. Of course she found all sorts of creative things for us to do.

They're good memories. Thank you for calling them to mind. :-)

Lesley Livingston said...

I loved coloring eggs. LOVED it! I can still remember the vinegary smell of the dyes.