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She has written for the Daily News of Kingsport, Griffin Journal,
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||Interview with Peter
Interview with Peter Cottontail
we have a special treat for you, an interview with a childhood favorite, the
Thank you for taking time from your busy schedule today. It's sad but some
people do not believe in you. How do you feel about that?
I don't have time to worry about non believers. I have a lot to accomplish and
must stay on task to get it all done. After all, children everywhere depend on
me to bring Easter baskets.
That is quite a large responsibility, isn't it? Do you ever find it
Oh, no, I'm up to the job or I wouldn't be the Easter Bunny. I do get last
minute jitters when I see all those baskets in the warehouse, but once I get
hopping, I'm okay.
How do you get so many baskets assembled in time?
We have a large crew of apprentice bunnies that work all year getting ready for
the big event. We have basket weavers, egg decorators, candy makers. It's a mass
assembly operation. You really would have to see it to believe it.
Where is your headquarters?
Sorry, I cannot disclose the exact location of Candy Land. We would never get
done if we allowed visitors to come sniffing around. Let's just say it is
somewhere down a rabbit hole. That's close enough.
Isn't it difficult to dye so many Easter eggs?
Actually, we have a crew of chickens that lay the eggs and decorate them. Some
are very talented egg decorators and others cackle around all day. Thank
goodness, we do not have to put up with as many chickens since plastic eggs came
You mean chickens lay the eggs? I always thought Easter eggs were laid by
Don't be ridiculous. Biology is what it is. Chickens lay eggs.
What about chocolate bunnies and marshmallow peeps, you must make a lot of
Chocolate bunnies are not as popular as they used to be - too messy. Parents
want their kids to have solid chocolate eggs wrapped in colored foil, something
that doesn't melt. Marshmallow chicks are out too. It's just as well. Those
things were so gross even the chickens didn't like them.
Well, surely kids still like jelly beans? Easter isn't Easter without jelly
Yes, they are sticky, but we have to have something to go inside the plastic
eggs. However, there has been a trend toward smaller gourmet jelly beans lately.
I suspect the parents may be nipping on the jelly beans while the kids are busy
Don't you hide the eggs?
Of course not, where would I get the time for that? I deliver the goods. The
parents can do a little something.
Where do you leave the Easter baskets when you deliver them?
No set rule on that. Some kids wake up and find them in the bedroom. If I get
behind schedule, I just set them on the front step and ring the doorbell. Some
of my bunny helpers think it is fun to hide the basket and make a spoiled brat
look for it.
You seem to be willing to stay in the background. Are you a modest rabbit?
It would be embarrassing if I had people watching or cameras following me
around. I don't want a lot of attention or compliments. I just want to get the
job done and hop on to the next one. It is the nature of rabbits to be a bit
So you don't really want any credit?
Certainly not, remaining somewhat anonymous is the secret to my success. I am
seldom seen, but kids always know I've been there.
Well, thanks again for the interview, Mr. Cottontail. By the way, would you
mind putting a few extra gourmet jelly beans in my kids' baskets? They are
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