While I was browsing an online store that had sent me an email about Easter decorations on sale, I saw a kitchen towel that read "Hippity Hoppity, Easter's on its Way!"
I immediately started humming the song "Here Comes Peter Cottontail, hopping down the bunny trail..."
I thought about a little music maker that used to live in what we called the kids' bathroom of my parents' house. A delicate little statue, painted watercolor hues of blue and brown, I can't remember if it is a little boy and a bunny or just a bunny, but what I remember so clearly is the song it made.
When you turned the figurine on the wooden base, a little chime would sound the tune of Peter Cottontail. Soft and quiet, the song would start out strong and then as the top slowed its spin, the song would slow until the last notes were so far apart it was hard to know if it was done or not.
I have such a clear recollection of winding it up, watching it as it spun, letting it stop, and winding it up again before going to bed as a kid. I could hear every single note in my mind as soon as I saw that towel.
5th grade teacher, wife, part time humane society volunteer, full time doggy fanatic and foster mom... just stumbling on.