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Same Difference
Well, this year the Easter Bunny returned to form and only came once, suggesting that last year's double visit was an aberration. Personally, I found it more relaxing to concentrate all the fun into a single day. I think Skylar did too.

I performed my usual documentary function, but struggled to take the sort of photographs I'm accustomed to taking during the annual egg hunt. The girl moves so rapidly from one find to the next that she has become difficult to capture in a still image. I did get some nice shots, in the end, but had to work -- and think -- hard for them. You may see the fruits of my labor tomorrow, though probably not here.

I got sidetracked, as I was poring over the results, by the thoughts of all the previous Easters I'd documented. As it turns out, few of the pre-digital camera images have been scanned. But I can at least share with you a picture of Skylar enjoying a rest with her mother after the hunt in 2004:

That's when this journal was still pretty new. A lot has changed in the interim. More than that, really. Sometimes it feels like everything that matters has metamorphosed. Still, when I looked at this shot from this morning and compared it to the one from three years ago, I realized that my impression of radical transformation overlooks an underlying stability. Skylar is a lot older now, but she is very much the same girl now that she was then:

It's one of the nice things about the holidays -- at least the substance-free sort we celebrate -- that they give the opportunity to believe, at least temporarily, in the expression, "Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose." Next year may well mark the end of our Easter Bunny era, but we've had a longer run than I anticipated when Skylar was five. Here's to you, Long Ears.

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From: gbyebluemonday Date: April 9th, 2007 03:38 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
its totally unrelated to the subject of the photos, but i love kdd's wrist/hand in the first one...it looks very posed/painting-ish.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: April 9th, 2007 04:05 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I know! She sleeps that way, too. So does Skylar. It's a very photogenic posture.

In other news, I'll make a DVD to send you of the best music I find on that hard drive I'm sorting through.
From: gbyebluemonday Date: April 9th, 2007 04:09 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
ive had a dvd of covers to send kdd for ages but i keep forgetting and i suck at life.

i will stop sucking soon!
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: April 9th, 2007 04:21 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Hey, I just got the DVD burner I bought six months ago set up!
letter_2elise From: letter_2elise Date: April 9th, 2007 11:34 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I think this may have been our last Easter Bunny year too. I'm sad about it. But my little realist knows a man in a bunny suit when she sees one. We tried some new angles to stretch the magic one last time, and I think she politely played along - she does like getting the basket with nifty items inside.

Oh well...
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: April 9th, 2007 12:53 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I can't tell whether Skylar has caught on or not. She is really good at masking. And full of make-believe.

Funny, isn't it, how both Christmas and Easter have figures that we pretend are real, in light of their religious significance? It's like a bait-and-switch: "These are fake, therefore. . ."
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 9th, 2007 12:17 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

CSA?

You going to CSA in Portland? If so I will see you there, I'm on the Agamben panel... Jason ps - new blog at http://zoepolitics.blogspot.com
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: April 9th, 2007 12:50 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: CSA?

Oh, yes. I'm only there for part of Wednesday and Thursday, though, because I'm also presenting at the Experience Music Project conference in Seattle that same week. When is your panel?
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