"Mom," said the little girl, rubbing her eyes and standing in the doorway to her mother's room.
Me: That's just rude. Get your own candy.
"Mom, the Easter Bunny is eating my candy," she said.
Me: Are you sure about that? Candy can be pretty hard to resist unless it is a kind you don't like.
"Nonsense, baby," the woman replied. "The Easter Bunny gives out candy, he doesn't eat it..."
Me: You're going to regret this.
The woman lightly shook her covers and continued to speak, halfway into her pillow and halfway to her daughter, "Go back to sleep, baby..."
Me: I know that Taco wouldn't do that. Taco's my friend and I'm thinking would prefer Taco Bell after all that's how we met. Hence the name because the bunny was spotted sprawled out by Taco Bell. There's a picture in my random snaps section somewhere.
"But, mom," the girl said. "The Easter Bunny is eating candy!" She now spoke in a more serious tone, almost as if she were going to cry.
Me; Oh sure just ignore her. Did it ever occur to you that someone is there? No of course not because the whole bunny thing passing out candy is a lie.
Her mother sat up and opened her arms. "Baby, I just told you. The Easter Bunny doesn't eat candy, he hands it out to little children. Besides, it's not even Easter yet. Go back to sleep," she said in her kindest voice.
Me: Poor kid.
"Okay, mom," the child sighed as she turned to walk out of the room.
Me: Crazy? Maybe you shouldn't just dismiss what your kid is saying even if it sounds out there.
The woman smiled and thought, Crazy kid with her lively imagination, and went back to sleep on a whim.
Me: Don't talk to the bunny. Just let it have the candy and hope it goes away without eating you too.
Out in the hallway, the little girl stood for a while, staring at the Easter Bunny eating her candy. She then sighed. "Mommy said I should go back to bed."
The Easter Bunny smiled. "Good idea, child. Turn around and don't look back."
He flicked a shiny metal pendant at the child. She picked it up and cried as she saw what it was: a dog tag inscribed "Candy".
Me: Barbara Desmond