Easter Goodness Abounds
Easter was a big deal growing up.
At least, that's what I remember.
Easter egg dying. Sunrise church services against our will. Egg and pancake breakfasts my mom was often involved in organizing. Easter outfits. (I'm going to see if I can't dig up one of these old photos because my recollection is there are some winners. No offense, Mom, I'm sure that was the style...) Having to don a winter coat and mud boots over pretty Spring-y Easter outfits. Baskets with goodies. Always predictable. A hollow chocolate bunny (which became the source of competition among siblings...who would have theirs the longest). Underwear (why, I have no idea). A new book. There was, of course, an Easter egg hunt -- sometimes inside, sometimes out. It is Maine, after all. And, Easter could be gorgeous and warm or blustery and snowy. And, I always remember us sorting jelly beans. Dad loves licorice so we'd give him all the black jelly beans. (Now, I am the recipient of black jelly beans. Genetic love for licorice, to blame.)
That's how I remember it.
Now, of course, we have our own family traditions. Many the same. Like mud boots and Easter dresses, for example. :)
It's certainly a favorite holiday around here...here are just a few of the reasons:
|Because decorating eggs brings out the kid in all of us.|
|Because we need to be reminded about the importance of surprise.|
|Because of the wonderfulness of discovering a brightly colored egg in the very dead garden....|
|Because baby fingers on eggs are about the most precious thing ever...|
|Because my eldest loves to have sisters with matching dresses...(I'm guessing this might be the last year of that!)|
|Because there is really nothing cuter than the cute guy you love with his girls in Easter dresses.|
|Because pretty dresses and white tights don't matter when you spot an egg in the dirt.|
|Because an egg hunt brings out the intense focus in a near 2 year old...|
|...and a wonderful, but sometimes a little sassy-of-late 7 year old.|
|Because sisters in yellow dresses find such great delight in the simple findings in their baskets.|
|Because white tights and party shoes -- big and small - are the cutest thing ever, really.|
|Because a cute dress and hat can make even the grumpiest church goer seem cute.|