The day started with long lines and it ended the same way, but in between was a festival of color. On the White House lawn for the annual Easter Egg Roll, families learned to cook with White House chefs, hunted for and painted their own bright eggs, listened to music, and posed with their favorite television characters. I was lucky enough to be a part of it.
After my multi-generational group of family and friends breezed through security, we arrived on the field. It was set up much like a carnival. Crowded by laughter and excitement, we made our way first to the Kids’ Kitchen where White House Chef José Andrés taught us to make gazpacho soup with plenty of olive oil and savory pancakes. Next, half of our number peeled off in favor of the private basketball court (formerly used for tennis) where the president plays. We regrouped by the soccer court where professional and Olympic medalist Abby Wambach posed for pictures. Nearby, larger-than-life television characters were a great excitement, and Easter Bunnies were quick with high-fives and hugs. Younger children enjoyed rolling and hunting for eggs, and it was wonderful just to watch their thrill.
Best of all, I was surrounded by so many happy families, running and smiling and snapping pictures. To see such different families enjoying the same small pleasures was a beautiful sight. I’m glad we all spent such a fun-filled day with people we love.
- Lena Shapiro