My Favorite Family Photo
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.
3/19/2017 12:14:18 pm
Your description more than brings the photo to life- it makes it a vivid drama. That is a horrible bunny suit.
3/19/2017 12:28:16 pm
So funny! Though I'm sure your children don't remember it that way!
3/19/2017 12:39:47 pm
The photo is a riot. You traumatized your kids for life. Your voice in this piece comes through.....I suspect you never wore this stupid bunny costume again, right?
3/19/2017 01:58:55 pm
ha! Bunny suits are just creepy as heck, aren't they?!
Diane Anderson (newtreemom)
3/19/2017 01:59:25 pm
So funny! How old were they before they learned the truth? Hope they laugh as much as you!
3/19/2017 03:33:43 pm
Love this color photo (and have truly loved all the black and white ones from past blog posts, too). Your description of their reaction, your feelings being in the suit and the idea that it could lead to "a perfect set-up for a Stephen King novel." Too funny!! So glad you shared it. Happy early Easter!
3/19/2017 04:24:09 pm
That photo is hilarious! The costume is pretty creepy, in your daughter's defense!
3/19/2017 05:10:13 pm
That bunny suit is a little scary! I love hearing the story behind the picture - a great exercise for kids to try, too. Hope your family has recovered!
3/19/2017 08:39:22 pm
This is hilarious! How old are your kids now? What do they think of this picture? That suit really is terrifying! Thanks for sharing such a funny slice.
3/20/2017 06:41:54 pm
My kids are now 8 (twins) and 7. They still believe in the Easter Bunny, but they think the photo is actually pretty funny!
3/20/2017 06:40:35 pm
Ha! Thanks Ariel!
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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.