Today, my family was blessed to go to an egg hunt for families that include a child with special needs. (Huge thank you to Serena and Wonderfully Made Non-profit Photography Group for organizing yet another awesome event.)
My kids, especially Puzzle Piece and Little Sister, are notorious for being scared of the Easter Bunny, so this hunt was great because the bunny was not the focus. (Also, there’s no competition, pressure, or even running.)
Every year from the time Puzzle Piece was a year old, we have taken a picture with him either crying…
Or standing noticeably away from that rascally rabbit.
Even knowing there is a person inside the bunny costume has not helped. Not that I think it would with how costumes transform PP himself.
Last year, getting a new ball right before the picture helped distract him a little.
This year, the bunny had PP’s favorite candy. When he said he wanted it, I told him he could go get some. Focusing entirely on the task of getting a piece of candy, Puzzle Piece walked over to the bunny and dug through his bag, never once looking at the bunny. This was a win for me.
After eating lunch and watching others have their pictures taken with the bunny, Puzzle Piece asked if he could have his taken. So his dad went to take the picture.
Puzzle Piece borrowed his dad’s hat and pulled it over his eyes before walking toward the bunny. If you can’t see the bunny, it isn’t there, right?
So proud of this dude for figuring out a way of dealing with his fear and discomfort.
Maybe he can help Little Sister next year.