So just how many of you humans awoke this morning to find that the Easter Rabbit had paid you a visit? Perhaps he left you some eggs and a little bit of chocolate (and, if you were especially nice, a toy or two)? Well, we in the Rat hovel had a visitation ourselves, not by the Easter Rabbit – he’s too big to fit into the entrance hole – but by the Easter Rattit.
Much as in your human tradition, the Easter Rattit comes and leaves us colored eggs, but instead of being hard-boiled like the chicken eggs you have, the ones he leaves for us are filled with cheese. Ooey gooey cheese, like melted cheddar; soft, succulent cheese, like brie; cheese with a twang, like bleu (those ones come in blue Easter eggs), and, of course, the favorite of every rodent: stringy mozzarella … it tends to get caught in our whiskers, so we always have a snack for later.
My wife, Bobette the Mouse, and I and our Rats + Mice = Rice hybrid octuplet offspring, Harry, Larry, Barry, Jerry, Mary, Sherry, Kerry, and Terry were all very excited to crack out of the nestlet first thing this morning. I didn’t even have to scuttle into the boys’ room to get them moving, as I do so many days (they’re not quick-minute rice); no, they jumped right out of bed – hopping as high as your native Rabbit – to scurry out and see what had been brought! And sure enough, we were all happy to see with our little rodent eyes that the Easter Rattit didn’t disappoint: in fact, instead of just a basketful, he left a whole platter of eggs … yummy, cheese-filled Easter eggs. Oh what a delight the coming days will be!
So as you and yours try to cope henceforth with the crashes that will come following the sugar highs and me and mine deal with what we know will be bad cases of dairy-induced constipation, I hope all of us can say we had a “hoppy” Easter. And if you find you’re in the mood for some cheese, just go for the blue eggs … they’re delicious.
Keepin’ it squeak,