Share treats all year

Southern Cross newsreader Jo Palmer takes a look at life in a world full of change and challenges.
Southern Cross newsreader Jo Palmer takes a look at life in a world full of change and challenges.

Our house is overflowing with chocolate.

Chocolate eggs, chocolate bunnies and chocolate balls.

There is a basket on the kitchen bench filled with colourful little eggs, there are two bags in our bedroom with boxes of golden bunnies, and in the fridge are the half-eaten chocolate treats.

I can’t escape it. 

Even when I go to work, there they are again.  Sitting on my desk – treats from management. 

And not only have I eaten my massive Easter Rabbit, I am now working my way through a part-time colleague’s rabbit who hasn’t been into the office to collect it. (I have promised to replace it before their next shift).

So here is my question:  is it better to just have a massive chocolate binge session and get them all out of the house, or should we eat in dribs and drabs and have these shiny, tempting treats hanging around the house for weeks on end.

I obviously had a deprived childhood in comparison. Easter consisted of at least two church services where my parents were usually preaching, and maybe one or two chocolate Easter eggs. 

I remember painting hard-boiled eggs in Easter patterns and then sometimes we were given new pyjamas.

It’s very lucky my little boys don’t read this column because each day I have actually been taking one of each of their eggs and giving them away.

The fact they haven’t noticed this as yet, is a clear indication they have way too many.

While I struggle as a mum to work out what to do with all this sugar, my boys are more concerned with the reason behind a rabbit delivering Easter eggs.

Rabbits don’t have eggs so why are they in charge of such an important job? 

Why is it not a chicken or even a duck hiding the eggs around the garden and house before the sun comes up on Easter Sunday? In their mind it makes a lot more sense.

Even if we can’t find the answers to all these pressing issues, there is one thing I do know about Easter. 

The egg is a symbol of new life, and whether it’s chocolate or hard-boiled is irrelevant. With new life, comes an opportunity for a fresh start.

Right throughout the year we are given symbolic days where we can catch our breath and have a think about life – how we are tracking and how we are treating ourselves and others.

The Easter break is another opportunity to stop, hang out with our families and friends and make sure we are all living lives that sow goodness and kindness into the lives of those around us.

These are the true treats that we can, and should, share across the entire year.