Lesson 729 – Quotable Chicks

Friday’s Quotes for the Chicks


The present was an egg laid by the past that had the future inside its shell.
Zora Neale Hurston

They came, they came! This week, my set of 2013 White House Easter eggs arrived from the National Park Foundation.

I’ve been ordering these eggs for years and our Easter holiday just wouldn’t be the same without all of my White House eggs lined up for show.

This year the eggs are a vibrant neon color (in the past, they’ve switched it up with pastels) and if you order the entire set (which I always do) you get an extra “Bo” egg (that turquoise/blue one in front) “signed” by Bo (the others ones are “signed” by Barack and Michelle Obama.) The Bo egg has a picture of the family dog on it, while the other eggs have a picture of the Easter Bunny skipping rope.

These wooden eggs were created to replace the hard-boiled eggs of yore used for the White House Easter Egg roll. They are made in the U.S from FSC-certified hardwood and each gift box is made from Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) chain of custody certified paperboard (say that 3 times fast.)

Each child that attends the Egg roll is given one as a souvenir.

When my kids were younger, I had visions of taking them down to D.C for the Easter Egg roll but in order to get in, you have to enter a national lottery and although we entered each year, our name just never came up.

In hind-site, I suppose that was a blessing, 6 little chicks going every which way in a large crowd – even this seasoned mama hen would have ended up having a bit of a heart-attack right there on the White House lawn.


As always, happy weekend everyone, health and happiness (and safety) to your flock.

Wendy Thomas writes about the lessons learned while raising children and chickens in New Hampshire. Contact her at Wendy@SimpleThrift.com

Also, join me on Facebook to find out more about the flock (children and chickens) and see some pretty funny chicken jokes, photos of tiny houses, and even  a recipe or two. 


Filed under Life Lessons, Personal, Quotable Chicks, Teaching kids, The Family

3 responses to “Lesson 729 – Quotable Chicks

  1. What a curious practice from the White House. Does it go back to the beginnings of Independent Government? I wonder why it started! How many kids are chosen to attend the modern service?

  2. Interesting. I’m curious too. We don’t have anything like that over here. (That I know of)…

    • Wendy Thomas

      Taken from the insert that came with the eggs:

      The White House Easter Egg Roll is one of the most eagerly anticipated spring events in our nation’s capital. This unique tradition began more than a century ago when local children gathered on the Capitol grounds to picnic and roll colorful Easter eggs down the hill. As the event grew in popularity so did the crowds, eventually prompting Congress to ban the use of the Capitol lawn as a playground.

      As the story goes, in 1878, realizing the event needed a new location, President and Mrs. Rutherford B. Hays warmly welcomed local children to roll eggs on the South Lawn of the White House. In the early years, Presidents help an afternoon reception in the East room for the children. But as participation grew, President and Mrs. Theodore Roosevelt began a new tradition by greeting the crowd and watching the festivities from the South Portico.

      Presidents and First Ladies have opened the gates to the White House grounds and hosted the celebration ever since.

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