Here of late, I have heard much ado about the mysterious iconography which surrounds the holiday of Easter.
Let me try my best to explain it to you.
Easter…. you see ….. began thousands of years ago. It started with the Easter Seals. The Easter Seals lived far, far away on Easter Island, and mostly laid around all day…. flapping their flippers and balancing balls on their noses . The Queen of the Easter Seals had very high cholesterol levels. And as such, she banned all the Eggs on the island. She ordered that all the Royal Coins in the Army take care of disposing of ALL eggs.
So on Tuesday, when the Queen’s Coin Army was to go out…. the Quarters, the Nickels, and the Pennies did not gather. Only the Dimes showed up. So the Queen officially named the Crusade, The March of Dimes.
The Marching Dimes’ instructions were to shoot any egg they saw. And so… the Egg Hunt began.
This scared the Holy Heck out of the Chickens. So much, in fact… that the chickens ran about, clucking and flapping, and gathering up all the eggs. They even crossed the road. And. Once they had the eggs… they put them ALL in one basket.
Then, the wise Big-Stone-Bobble-Head-Statue of Easter Island ….. boomed out the Wisest of Words. “Never put all your eggs in one basket. NO! Disguise your eggs. Hide your eggs. And do it FAST!”
The Chickens agreed. This was best. So they painted their eggs many different colors. But now to hide them? And fast?
The chickens would need help.
They ran an ad in the newspaper advertising the job. A hare, and also a tortoise showed up for the interview.
Because of the rabbits speed and agility, he was hired to hide the colored eggs. In this case, slow and steady did not win the race.
The March of Dimes went on and on and on. But alas. The Rabbit of Easter Island did a fine and fabulous job of hiding the eggs.
So the chickens ate lots of candy to celebrate.
They gave the rabbit a very big farm…. where he could live in secrecy. And hide the eggs whenever they needed his help. In the mean time…. he got great reception on any TV he was watching in the house.
And that, is the History of Easter.
“If a coin comes down heads, that means that the possibility of its coming down tails has collapsed. Until that moment the two possibilities were equal.
But on another world, it does come down tails. And when that happens, the two worlds split apart.”
― Philip Pullman, The Golden Compass