The Continuing Escapades of Hairy the Hare (Easter Bunny, Esq)
Our new youth series is an episodic adventure featuring the Easter Bunny's visit to the UPG! Input and ideas from the comments section will determine the future of Hairy's adventures! Make sure to add your thoughts in the comments.
Special thanks to Diane Horoschock for illustrating Hairy for us in today's post!
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CHAPTER TWO! The Errant Egg
“The righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’”
- Matthew 25:37-40
Well! Mrs. Terry made a long list, checked it twice, and passed it off to Hairy. His mission was underway to make new friends in the UPG!
He hopped along Stefko Boulevard and over the bridge and made his way to the house of Mrs. Rosemary. You may know her if you ever hang out at St. Peter’s campus. She’s a kind lady with great stories. She plays bingo like nobody’s business, and she has a granddaughter that’s probably about YOUR age.
Mrs. Rosemary’s door is hidden in a secret place, and Hairy accidentally knocked on the wrong house! Can you imagine the surprise of Mrs. Rosemary’s neighbor, a ten year old girl in pigtails who opened the door to a six-foot-tall Easter bunny? Fortunately Hairy fixed the situation with some early Easter eggs stored in his pocket (how the Easter bunny has pockets even I do not know!)
“Over here!” Mrs. Rosemary called from her secret entrance. Hairy said goodbye to the neighbor and hopped along to Mrs. Rosemary’s door.
“Mrs. Terry said you would be here,” Mrs. Rosemary said with a big smile. “I thought you might be hungry, hopping all the way from the Light of Christ campus. Come in and have some carrot stew.”
For bunnies, carrot stew is the greatest delicacy eggs could buy. Hairy couldn’t believe his luck. He slurped the stew so fast Mrs. Rosemary had to suggest he use a napkin to wipe his furry face.
He was so grateful for the meal that Hairy wondered if there was anything he could do in return. “There is one thing,” Mrs. Rosemary confessed. “I know you hopped all the way here, but if you brought me some ingredients from the store, I could make enough soup and sandwiches to keep myself fed until we can all go outdoors again!”
Mrs. Rosemary didn’t have to say another word. He was hopping out the hidden door and down the street and before he knew it he was at a local market.
Imagine seeing Hairy at the grocery store! Picking celery from the produce aisle and discerning the best avocado based on ripeness and the best sprout based on brusselness.
Imagine the cashier asking Hairy if he needed cashback when he swiped his Platinum Eggspess card!
Imagine the manager kindly reminding Hairy he could only eat the lettuce after he purchased it!
If only you were there and not stuck at home. Maybe you can write the market and ask for security footage.
Hairy was so successful in his trip that Mrs. Rosemary gifted him a parsley plant she had been growing on the windowsill all season.
The plant was devoured before Hairy reached the sidewalk.
On to his new destination, Hairy didn’t hop far before something curious caught his eye. Hidden in a drainpipe, barely visible to the naked eye, was an egg. A small, beautifully decorated, purple and yellow striped egg. An Easter egg.
As everyone knows, Hairy hides every Easter egg ever hidden, from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania to Bethlehem, Palestine. When he does not hide them personally he contracts parents or older siblings to hide them for him. Hairy has patents and trademarks on egg hiding. He has mailed cease and desist letters many a time over misuse of his eggsclusive brand.
In short, Hairy knows where every Easter egg is hidden on earth. (If you go on to become a cuniculturist when you grow up you will learn in college how this is so.)
And yet here was an Easter egg. A purple and yellow striped Easter egg. And Hairy had no idea how it was there.
What’s up with the egg?! Who put it there?! I bet YOU know the answer.
Hairy ran errands. Mrs. Rosemary made soup. What can we do to help out?
What do you think Jesus meant when he said: “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me”? How does this verse relate to the story?
POST your answers below or on our Facebook page and we’ll incorporate your thoughts and ideas into the next episodes!