It has been brought to our attention that, at times, the annual Sag Harbor Lion’s Club Easter egg hunt feels more like a brawl. Some parents we know refuse to allow their children to participate at all – for fear in the end they will be crushed, either emotionally or physically.
This past weekend was no exception, so we’d like to remind participants and their parents that this is a quaint tradition that goes back decades in this fishing village by the sea. While it does resemble less of a hunt and more a flat out foot race, given the fact the eggs are spread in full view across the lawn, decorum applies.
So please, here are some rules to remember next year when the season of the egg gathering is upon us.
First of all, parents, pay attention. If you see your 12 year-old trying to muscle in on the action in the three-to-four-year-old’s section, reign them in and apply a physics lesson by pointing out the difference in their size and mass — and why the age groups are set up to hunt separately in the first place. (And by the way, 12 is way too old to be hunting eggs).
On the same note, if you see your kid cheating by trying to get a head start in advance of the whistle, nip that in the bud as well. Hovering with a hand mere inches over an egg while waiting for the starting gun to go off is cheating, pure and simple. It’s also down-right unattractive behavior and should be shunned at all social levels.
Also, parents, please don’t “guard” eggs from other toddlers in order for your own child to swoop in and claim it as their own. This, too, is particularly unattractive, namely because it’s coming from an adult who ought to know better. If your kid can’t get to an egg on his or her own, bring a couple from home in your pocket that you can drop on the ground right in front of them.
And kids, let’s not trample one another on the way to grabbing the loot. It’s blatant materialism and greed at it’s worst and best left to the likes of Donald Trump. Instead, if you have a ton of eggs and you see an unfortunate less aggressive child who has none, consider giving him one or two of yours.
After all, high school and college are just around the corner and you never know when those tables will turn.