On Easter Eve, several years ago, something interesting happened. My husband and I, returning late from a trip, spotted a pink footed, shadowy figure as it jumped out onto the sidewalk.
In amazement, we watched the little guy check both ways before crossing the road. Once on the other side, he padded from shrub to shrub, stopping to peer into the leaves... he seemed to be looking for something.
"What is he doing?!?!?" we laughed, as he continued his late-night mission.
"It seems like he's searching... maybe looking for food??" That's when it hit us: We were witnessing the first appearance of a lesser-known holiday character, the yin to the Easter Bunny's yang... we had discovered The Easter Possum!
EP (as we now call him), like his close relative the Virginia Possum, is a scavenger. While the Easter Bunny hides treats for children to find in Easter Egg Hunts, the Easter Possum follows behind collecting leftovers so no hard boiled egg or chocolate bunny gets wasted.
The "sighting" started a tradition of annual visits--starting with a bag of "trash" on my porch the next morning.
"That's weird," I said...thinking my husband forgot something. As I moved closer, I could see--this was no ordinary pile of garbage. It was a present--lovingly (though messily) wrapped--in a Hefty Cinch Sack.
Inside, I found an odd assortment of things: Easter Grass, eggs, bologna gum, and candy--all marred by tiny chew marks throughout the products and the packaging.
Honestly....Can you imagine anything cuter????
Since then, EP's been back several times: sometimes leaving jelly beans; sometimes leaving Milk Duds; always leaving love and laughter.
Since I'm not eating sugar these days, I didn't expect he'd make an appearance this year. But silly me...that big rat is nothing if not resourceful.
Look what I found when I got up this morning...
Of course, I can't eat all of it (dried fruits are a no-no). But honestly, two thumbs up for effort. My favorite part was the note....
Altered Today: Tradition, smiles, love for EP