Every Spring, the Lake Norman Mothers of Multiples organization hosted an Easter Egg hunt for all the local multiples in the area. My wife, who was president of the organization, made me wear this horrible, unbreathable, bunny costume each year because the other dads were "too tall" to fit into it. It didn't matter that I am 5'9 (average height) and there were plenty of dads shorter than me in the group.
My children didn't know I was the one in the stupid suit. So, as soon as they saw me approach, a look of terror filled their eyes. My daughter, Harriet, immediately began to wail. My sons rocked furiously trying to unshackle themselves from their restraints. Charlie leaned to the right in an attempt to break free from the giant furball. Ben leaned in, eyes agape, shocked into speechlessness. Here I was, a giant bunny with a mesh mouth and creepy eyes, joining them for a photo--a perfect set-up for a Stephen King novel.
Every year at this time, this photo becomes my Facebook profile picture--a photo that makes me laugh every time I see it--my favorite Kissel family photo of all time.
About the Author
Brian Kissel is an Associate Professor of education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. His focus is writing instruction. He lives in North Carolina with his wife, Hattie and three kiddos: Charlie, Ben, and Harriet.