It’s time to do away with city-sponsored spring egg hunts — or Easter Egg hunts, as some of us still call them. Those of us who read about, or witnessed last Saturday’s egg hunt at Town and Country Park were amazed at the behavior of some of the parents and some of the older children. How could parents and older children be so ill-mannered at an event meant to provide fun for little ones? There’s just no accounting for some people and their kids.
Madera isn’t alone in this, by the way. Big egg hunts have been cancelled all over the country for that kind of behavior — big children and parents running over toddlers, ignoring simple rules of timing and age limits.
This might not be a big deal if so many volunteers, donors and parks employees hadn’t given so much to make the day fun for kids. The last thing they had in mind was a plastic-egg riot in the middle of a public park.
Over the years, I’ve seen, probably, 30 such egg hunts in other communities, as a parent and as a newspaperman covering the events. A lot of them have been as bad or worse than the one last Saturday. They make children cry instead of laugh and have fun.
The city shouldn’t have to post police and guards to maintain order, but apparently idiocy rises to the occasion if authority isn’t looming.
If parents want their children to have egg hunts, they should do it the right way: Boil and color eggs at home, then hide them around the house or in the yard and let the kids have the fun of finding them. Or, do as the parks department did, and buy plastic eggs, put treats in them and hide those — or do both.
But it’s time to put away the public egg hunt for good, because so many in the public don’t know how to behave, and somebody will probably get hurt because of the behavior of lugheads.