Dear Grandpa Bunny,
Why did you have to apologize to the Chipmunk family for hiding and making trouble for your family? Why did it matter?
(A Perplexed and Curious) Little Bunny
Remember how I said that for my Papa, “making things right” mattered?
When he insisted I had to apologize to Mr. and Mrs. Chipmunk, I asked him exactly what you just asked me. He explained that making things right was one of the most important parts of being an Easter Bunny.
Remember the way we become Easter Bunnies? The love and JOY of Jesus fills us up so much that we have to share it with everyone…right? We share Jesus’ surprising and sweet love with everyone on Easter!
Well, Jesus shared His love and JOY in the most powerful way by dying, rising from the dead, and sending His Spirit to live in each person’s heart. His whole life was given to “make things right” again between people and God and people and each other.
My Papa explained that selfishness and sin pulls us apart from God and each other. “Making things right” puts us all back together… in a big way with Jesus on that first Easter, and in small ways when each of us show kindness to and ask forgiveness of each other now. It’s really one of the most important things that Easter is all about!
Once I understood that, I was willing to apologize to anybody!
Chipmunk family. No problem!
The next morning I went to apologize for my rudeness in hiding when they had all come over to congratulate me at Mamma’s special dinner in my honor.
By the time I got to the Chipmunk Family’s nest, they had already found out that I was OK.
But even so, when I hopped in, they all stopped eating breakfast and with huge “chipmunk cheeks” rushed to hug me.
They squeaked all kinds of…
“We’re so gwwad you’re swwafe!”
“We thwwought you were wwwlost!”
“We thwwought you were a gwwwonner!”
The littlest chipmunk swallowed and took me aside and said, “Don’t ever do that again…unless you take me with you…It sounded like so much fun!”
I frowned and shook my head. “Not that much fun.”
I really learned from that moment how it feels to have someone worried about losing you and how joyful it is to come back! Making things right actually felt pretty good, inside and out.
They invited me to share the rest of their breakfast and I tried to stuff my cheeks as full as theirs.
I tried but, it was no contest. No one can stuff cheeks like a chipmunk!
Grandpa “Chipmunk Cheeks” Bunny
The creator of the Grandpa Bunny Letters is Cathy Gilmore, a native of St. Louis, MO and a married mother ofthree. The Grandpa Bunny Letters are inspired by Cathy’s love for JRR Tolkien’s wonderful, Letter’s From Father Christmas. Experience with the Montessori-based children’s Bible study program, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd gives Cathy a unique approach to writing children’s literature. She is the author of the endearing children’s book Little Lamb Finds Christmas and co-author of the book, Easter Bunny’s Amazing Day, in which a new kind of Easter Bunny shows that “Jesus is the JOY of Easter!” Cathy’s passion is to cultivate each reader’s spiritual imagination through stories that touch the heart with the transforming love of Christ.