Friday night the wife and I decided we were going to bring the kids to the mall to see the Easter Bunny. We weren’t sure how it would turn out. Our son was too little last year, and the last time our daughter saw him she was excited right up until it was her turn. Then she was terrified.
So we head out and see a line. Not just “a” line. It’s the kind of line that makes you stop and say out loud, “Where the heck does it even start?” After finally getting in line, you realize there’s not a whole lot to do. So, I started to People Watch. You know- just look around, see what other people are doing to keep themselves occupied.
Well it wasn’t long before I found my entertainment for the rest of our wait in that hour+ line. It should have been the first thing I looked for, but you don’t really think about it until you see it. Think about this for a second. You have parents waiting in these long lines to get that perfect picture of their kids with the Easter Bunny. And what happens when the kids don’t smile or get upset?
The parents begin acting like lunatics.
C’mon- what parent hasn’t been there? Jumping around like a gorilla to try and get your kids to smile for the camera, hoping that lady snapping the pictures actually times it right for that split second of a hairline grin. Some of the faces I saw parents making were, well, I didn’t know the human face could distort in so many ways. It’s almost as if having your kids on the Bunny’s lap had sealed you off in some sort of a bubble, completely uncaring of anything others may think about your antics that in any other situation would have the nice young men in their clean white coats coming to take you away (ha-haa! for you Dr. Demento fans out there).
That was when I realized how awesome this would be as a TV show! Stick a video camera behind the Bunny or Santa and just let the parents do their thing. I’m not a big fan of reality TV, but I’d set my DVR for a season pass of that in a heartbeat!
So we waited, we took turns holding the kids, and in the end we wound up with a pretty good picture. The upside? We didn’t even have to jump around like gorillas to get it :)