A kid’s carnival of colors

Little Barry Roundy had a green smile Wednesday morning. And that smile stretched from ear-to-ear as he participated in a ancient tradition of coloring Easter eggs.

By Bryan Gallegos

Roundy was among about a dozen children who dyed eggs that morning at St. John’s Lutheran Church. It was part of an Easter program at Story Time.

The shy little guy dyed his egg a deep Kelly green. It was his masterpiece. He held the egg softly with two hands, and then brought it to his lips. A second later, his face was green but his eyes sparkled like emeralds.

His smile was not the only one in the room.

While some like Barry put their eggs in tiny packets of dye, others went a different route. A little girl with an Easter hat used markers and crayons on her egg. Another girl with long red locks plastered stickers on hers.

“Look, Mommy, I made a purple one,” beamed one little girl.

“Good job. That’s beautiful,” the girl’s mom said, returning a bubbly smile and a warm hug.

That’s what it’s all about, said Bethany Aichele and others. Aichele took her two children to the Easter-themed program. Adeline, a shy 3-year-old, dyed her egg yellow, which is her favorite color. Her spirited 1-year-old brother Samuel dyed his blue.

“It’s really fun to see them interact,” Aichele said. “This is the first time they’ve dyed eggs, and they really enjoyed it.”

The Easter theme was an obvious choice because its Easter on Sunday, said Story Time director Erin Roundy.

Brightly decorated eggs and Easter egg hunts have become integral to the celebration of Easter today. Creating colorful works of art on eggs brings out the kid in you, some say. It’s something you never forget.

“I remember coloring eggs when I was a kid,” said Sean Mulvey, a retired rancher in Dickinson who now enjoys watching his grandchildren enjoy the thrill. “None of them were ever the same. We wanted them to be different, all different.”

“Easter was one of my favorite holidays,” Mulvey added. “We colored the eggs, go to church and then go out on the hunt.”

An egg hunt involves hiding eggs outside for children to run around and find on Easter morning. For some, the hunt is just as fun as coloring the eggs.

The Killdeer Lions Club and the Killdeer Saddle Club will be providing some of that fun on Saturday with the Annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Killdeer Lions Club Park.

It is for children 10 years of age and younger. There will be three different age groups and the event is scheduled to start at 10 a.m.

“That should be fun,” Mulvey said.

Others see the Easter egg as a symbolic of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Barry just liked his green egg.

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