The Outsider: Sick as a bunny
|By Will Jones - The Outsider | April 5, 2018|
As I write this, I’m feeling a little bit sick. And, I know that the chunks of chocolate egg in the crumpled gold foil wrapper that sits beside my laptop will not make me feel any better but I unwrap them anyway. And I eat them one by one. I don’t savour their taste. I don’t cherish the silky smooth sweetness of the chocolate. I just eat them because it’s Easter and that’s what you do. I gorge on chocolate, most of it that cheap sickly sweet kids stuff, until I feel queasy. Then, I look at the few brown shards of egg that remain lying in the foil and I eat them too.
Can you get the chocolate sweats, because I think I might have them.
Now, for some of you, Easter is about a little bit more than confectionery. You will no doubt have other ideas about this holiday just past. You’ll point me to the Bible and remind me of stories of Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection. You’ll chastise me for making light of a sacred religious festival and I’ll be suitably ashamed of my ‘throw-away’ attitude of your version of Easter. But, I might come back with a question or two, such as, “so
what have bunnies and eggs got to do with it, then? Where do they fit into the story, such that their images are ingrained into present day Easter festivities?” And, get this, squirrels, too! Plus a dinosaur, Chewbacca and large yellow Pokemon thing ... the list goes on, you see. The plethora of Easter gifts, all chocolate and candy, all given to celebrate a holy festival, all so lovely but ultimately so meaningless, too.
And there is it, I guess, what I am truly struggling with: the commercialization, the consumerist, corporate, calamity that has befallen a festival that at one time or another was the most holy of holy, the celebration of the resurrection, the realization, the proof no less to his followers that Jesus was indeed the son of God.
Surely, we could celebrate this, be we religious or not, with a modicum more of respect. I get it, folks want a party or feast, a gathering and to go with it, lovely treats. So, yes, some chocolate should be included if you fancy, but in the shape of an anatomically incorrect Tyrannosaurus Rex! Let’s ditch the dinosaurs and
Pokemon. And especially the Easter squirrel.
What about the bunnies, I hear you say? Well, every festival needs something that’s round and cuddly, just
ask Santa, and like his jolly fat redness they’ve been hanging around for eons but Easter squirrels, they should be kicked into touch. Or saved perhaps, for fall and the harvest festival and Thanksgiving when we can purchase the likeness of these chattering nut thiefs pressed from plastic moulds in sickly sweet pumpkin pie flavoured candy. Now there’s a million dollar idea!
But leave our Easter alone, you marketeers. Let us celebrate in our own chosen ways and only make ourselves feel sick while eating chocolate in the form of bunnies, or eggs.
WILL JONES - is The Outsider