I ask this question, not out of jealousy (I swear), but really just out of curiosity. I understand why there is an age cap on egg hunts, because older children and teens don’t want to share their candy (who can blame them?). If they were all allowed to participate they’d run around and grab all of the eggs and the little ones wouldn’t get any. In that case, it’s good to have an age cap on the event.
But seriously, it’s different for adults. We’re grown-up enough to play nicely with the toddlers that are waddling around the grass hunting eggs. We know that we should leave the easy, obvious ones for them. But why should that mean that we can’t hunt the more difficult eggs?
As a young adult, living in a city where none of my family are located, being excluded from Easter egg hunts presents an unfortunate situation for me. I want candy for Easter just as much as the next kid. But I can’t hunt eggs, and I have no family here to exchange Easter baskets with. And going out and buying my own candy to eat is just depressing. So here I am, three days from Easter, chocolate-less.
Meanwhile, I know for a fact that one of my friends (who shall remain nameless) has already conned her mother into buying her approximately 8 Godiva chocolate bunnies, none of which has made it to Easter. I guess you can do that when you’re still in high school and living at home…
So why do people think it’s so inappropriate for adults to hunt eggs? After all, we’re all just kids at heart, and everyone loves that rush you get when you find a particularly well-concealed Easter egg. It’s the same feeling you get when you locate that thing you’ve been missing for weeks, only you don’t have to spend weeks panicking over what happened to your chapstick (or TV remote, or watch, or flash drive).
Maybe next year I’ll organize an adults-only egg hunt. Now the only question is: Who will hide the eggs?