Easter Bunny can still visit – much to the delight of our children

The Easter Bunny has been declared a key worker – much to the relief of parents who are trying to keep life for their little ones ‘normal’ as we enter another week of staying at home.

Still celebrating Easter - even if we have to stay at home
Still celebrating Easter - even if we have to stay at home

Others have been following the lead of New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern who was first to confirm the Easter Bunny – and the Tooth Fairy – were able to go about their business following the concerns of children which had been brought to her attention.

Now for a lot of adults this may seem trivial in the current climate, but these kind of things mean the world to small people who have had their world turned upside down for reasons they don’t entirely understand.

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Missing school, missing their friends, missing their grandparents.... any sense of normality has gone out of the window as we try to shield them in more ways than one.

So a visit from the Easter Bunny – or that pesky Tooth Fairy – is just one small thing which can keep life ‘normal’ for our children.

And so with this in mind I’ve already got my plans in place for an Easter weekend of games, egg hunts and lots of fun and – most importantly – family time.

In the same way many churches have also been brilliant in their response to support their congregations, setting up online church services which will undoubtedly be watched by many over this weekend.

Meanwhile I’m looking forward to a week off with the children next week instead of trying to juggle working and spending time with them which is a real challenge.

It may not be the school holiday break which I intended to enjoy with the family. Plans for days out are obviously out of the window.

But just being able to spend quality time together, enjoy some inevitable water fights in the garden and be able to spend some time baking, playing with Lego and doing crafts will be so precious.

Also thrown into the mix is the fact that it is my little girl’s birthday over the weekend and she is already a little upset that for the first time she will not be able to celebrate with her friends and extended family.

So I have managed to get my hands on balloons, banners, a cake and something for her to open – and planned a special tea for her in another attempt of ‘normality’, or at least something close to it.

Again, some people may not see celebrating a birthday as essential – but try telling that to a soon-to-be eight year old.

To her it is very important, making it very important to me.

Needless to say once all of this is over she will undoubtedly be enjoying a second birthday celebration – much as we are all planning massive group hug sessions with our families and friends.

But for now making the best of it and staying positive together is the best ‘normal’ we can now be.