This was the state of things this morning at Zoobilee, the annual kids' Easter celebration at Tulsa Zoo.
Part of the Zoobilee festival were two Easter egg hunts - one for kids aged three and under and one for the older kids.
We went to the one for the ankle biters. From go-time until all the eggs had been picked up, the hunt lasted not more than 20 seconds.
Preschoolers don't take this Easter egg hunting thing lightly. I mean, I can't even use the restroom in 20 seconds (yes, I've tried and, yes, I've timed myself and, no, don't try to act like you haven't done the same thing), let alone snag a couple thousand pastel-colored eggs.
My preschooler. Fresh from the battlefield.
This was his first year to really understand what the Easter egg hunt is all about. Instead of watching with a blank stare as all the other children flooded the field chock full of plastic, candy-filled eggs, this kid ran out there and pushed and shoved and snatched eggs from other children like an old pro.
Plus, he found a stick. A true prize, indeed.
"Hey, Meme? If you want to keep your arm, don't touch my candy."
Great. My son has a bright future in the mob. Alternatively, he could be a pirate. At least if he chose pirating as a profession, he'd get to wear a gold earring and an eye patch. Mobsters have to wear three-piece suits to work, and I imagine that just wouldn't be as comfortable.
This coming from a mother who regularly wears mismatched pajama pants and t-shirts my dad buys me at his favorite airports to work.
There was lots going on at the Zoo this morning besides the two Easter egg hunts. The Zoo folks had an inflatable play ground set up, for one. And there was an elephant on the loose, too.
We saw a few craft tables. At one were wooden eggs and markers with which to decorate them on one side and crayons and coloring sheets on the other.
Whatever you do this weekend, people, don't, for the love of all that is good and covered in a chocolate candy shell, forget to wear your Easter head gear.
It's very important, as was evident this morning at the Zoo.
In addition to the holiday activities, all of the regular stuff to do at the Zoo was in full swing this morning, too.
Of course, there was lots of candy to test. And the only way to properly and thoroughly test candy to, you know, make sure it's safe for consumption, is to take a few bites.
Duh, as my son would say.
Once the candy has been deemed safe, it's incumbent upon the candy tester to share his findings with others.
There are still lots of ways to get your Easter on in Tulsa today and tomorrow. Have lots of fun, but don't get so carried away that you forget to leave carrots for the Easter bunny tonight.
Becasue, I mean, have you seen Donnie Darko?