A Bright New Day

Easter Bunny Day Spring Watercolor Illustration

For our prompt of “Bunny” today, I just made a quick little doodle of one. And, for everyone who celebrates Easter, I wish you a very happy one. It was a stormy day here, so Philippe and I watched a movie we love. It was the film Peter Rabbit from a couple of years ago. This year the sequel was supposed to come out, but was postponed like so many things these days. It’s such a super beautiful and positive movie, so it was a perfect way to spend part of the afternoon. And I just think bunnies are the cutest. I also had a tiny bit more cobbler and ice cream today. I’m trying to make it last as long as possible and show some uncharacteristic restraint when it comes to dessert. This is accomplished simply by letting Philippe serve me as he makes the tiniest plates I’ve ever seen. It’s a fraction of what I’d see on my plate at family gatherings while growing up. But, I was indeed a fraction of the age I am now, so it’s probably for the best!

Of course, when I was a kid we’d dye Easter eggs and I’ve always wanted to try that again as an adult. I told Philippe we should dye some eggs and hide them from each other around the house today. He just stared at me like I had finally gone perfectly insane. But, it was fun to dream about being a kid again and think of just how silly it would have been to do something like that. I think being a bit silly is a wonderful way to get through these days of social isolation. It’s a comfort to remind myself that a bit of fun and play is still possible, even today. If nothing else, the cobbler certainly helps to take me back in time as my mother always made it for me around this time of year. As Philippe was making it yesterday, he said, “it takes an entire stick of butter!” I just shrugged and said, “Yeah, that’s exactly why it tastes so good!” This, no doubt is part of the reason why the portions he serves are about the size of a coaster.

We’ve been having fun here this weekend and even with the storm today, everything felt bright and happy. Philippe and I are determined to stay positive as that’s always the best way to approach life at any given time. And though I’m not able to be with my family on Easter, I still got to chat with them yesterday and that made me very happy indeed! Tomorrow is my birthday, but I didn’t take the day off from work. This weekend felt like enough of a celebration. Of course, this is no way dims my hope that there might be some cake coming as well. I’m assuming the cobbler was merely an appetizer and there’s still more treats ahead. Or, I should say bizarrely tiny little bites of treats doled out lovingly with care. Life is as wonderful as I choose to make it, so I’m excited for a bright new day!

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  1. Linda M. Gigliotti 2 years ago

    HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHARLIE!! Tell Philippe I said to let you have a tiny bit of dessert and that you will behave for the rest of the week.

  2. jkpringle21 2 years ago

    Happy Birthday, Happy Easter, Happy looking so sweet of a bunny, but not as sweet as warm Cobbler & Ice Cream.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much!! 😃💕 Nothing better than cobbler and ice cream!

  3. jkpringle21 2 years ago

    Hi Charlie, its Joan. Thought you might like to remind Philippe about this precious story { Better Together
    April 21, 2019} another year of no coloured eggs😏

  4. Mary Roff 2 years ago

    Happy Easter and Happy Birthday!! That is one sweet looking little rabbit and glad to hear you are enjoying the cobbler!

  5. Sandra Strait 2 years ago

    Your comment about the size of portions when you were a kid brings back fond memories. My father was one of those people who could eat twice his size in desserts and remain thin as a rail. Even when older he’d gain weight during the winter only to lose every ounce as soon as he became active in Spring. He was this way right up into his 60’s. Both my brother and I took after my mother in weight – we can sure gain it, but losing it is a different matter. Life isn’t fair, ya know.

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Yeah… it’s not fair that some people get all the luck on that front!! My metabolism stopped already so no dream of making it to 60! hehe 😉

  6. Karen Fortier 2 years ago

    Cute little bunny Charlie! We are going to get the rainy weather tomorrow but I don’t need to go anywhere and will be doing chores and art. I had my second piece of carrot cake and have one more for tomorrow. I should sing happy birthday to you before I eat it, 😉!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕 hehe… yay for carrot cake! So that means you’ll be enjoying it today! Yum! Enjoy!

  7. Claire 2 years ago

    I hope you have a great birthday Charlie. It’s Easter Monday here and another Public Holiday in Australia (we like our holidays). Yesterday I had a Zoom Easter lunch with all the family who usually gather for the day – 12 households – it was chaotic but great to see everyone and a lot of fun. Enjoy your cake & your day 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Claire! 😃💕 Oh wow! Glad you got a family zoom event in… that sounds chaotic and fun!

  8. Jacob 2 years ago

    Happy Birthday to you, Charlie! Eat as much ice cream as you want, and there better be some cake coming – it’s the highlight of the day for me!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Jacob! 😃💕Yeah, it’s really not a birthday without cake! AND ice cream, I might add. 😉 lol

  9. Miishuangmu 2 years ago

    Happy Birthday. Stay healthy and be safe. Best wishes to u. 💐

  10. Sharon Nolfi 2 years ago

    I love bunnies! Happy Easter, Happy Birthday, Charlie!

  11. Gary Middleton 2 years ago

    Great painting Charlie. We like the Peter Rabbit film. This weekend we’ve watched the whole extended edition of Lord of the Rings trilogy, including some of the behind the scenes sections. That was a marathon. Have a great birthday.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Gary! 😃💕Oh wow! That does sound like quite a marathon indeed!

  12. Zertab Quaderi 2 years ago

    Happy happy birthday 🎉🎂🎈, Charlie! Here’s wishing you a bright year ahead too and lots of cobbler and cake!

  13. Kellie Grant 2 years ago

    What a gorgeous bunny, Charlie! Happy Easter you yourself & Phillippe

  14. LoriCtoo 2 years ago

    HaPpY BiRtHdAy Charlie!!! That’s a cute little bunny! I love bunnies. I am happy to hear you had a better day yesterday. You know, it’s because you had stormy weather. Something about bad weather makes staying home cozy. I hid eggs for my 21 year old son, I always do. It was fun seeing him struggle to find them. I take egg hiding seriously. ;P We watched Peter Rabbit a few weeks ago. It is a darling movie!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕 hehe… I love that you 21 year old still gets an egg hunt. That’s so much FUN!!

  15. Danai Mongkolrat 2 years ago

    Very beautiful and lovely!!

  16. Fatima Chamkha 2 years ago

    Beautiful bunny!

  17. Linda Calverley 2 years ago

    Cute bunny. Happy birthday Charlie. I wanted to make a cake for over Easter but I couldn’t get the eggs, they’re in short supply over here at the moment.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Linda! 😃💕 Yeah, eggs seem to be fine here, but flour is like finding gold.

  18. Lisa Ann Ulibarri 2 years ago

    So cute!!! Happiest birthday Charlie!!! May it be the best one so far!!! confetti out to you weee!!! lol 🙂

  19. smzang 2 years ago

    Just reading this article makes me feel good. DOodlewash turns every day into a zippity do dah day.

    Thank you….

    Lov that precious bunny!

  20. Ellen 2 years ago

    Today is your birthday! I hope that Philippe gave you a splendid party with a lovely cake baked just for you. As Julia Child said : “A party without a cake is just a meeting.” She also said that “Romance is the icing but love is the cake.” Smart girl that Julia! Your bunny is adorable and I am naming him Benjamin for two reasons : 1) Benjamin is my Grandson’s name. 2) Peter Rabbit’s cousin is Benjamin Bunny who is of course my Benjamin’s favorite character in the books and the movie. If I had your email address I would send you a photo of my Benjamin Bunny with his bunny ears that was taken yesterday. As always the joy of seeing your Doodlewash is only equaled by reading what you have written. Belated Easter wishes, hope you got a wee bit of candy too! Thank-you!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Ellen! 😃💕Aww… I love the name Benjamin! Perfect! And Julia Child was a wise and wonderful woman indeed! Hope you have a wonderful Easter!!

  21. Lisa 2 years ago

    I missed this yesterday. I must have been too busy dealing with dinner and it slipped my mind. No dessert here though. And tonight, dessert was hot cocoa with marshmallows. Yum.

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  23. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 2 years ago

    An entire stick of butter – chew slowly, it might be the only butter you get all year. LOL – no cake or cobbler for us in about 2 months. Craving chocolate.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      hehe… Yeah, that much butter was certainly a treat. But, it was totally worth it! 😉

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