Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter Sunday

This is a day full of memories for me, although I don't have "church" memories of Easter.  
The Church of Christ didn't celebrate Easter or Christmas; I guess in some instances this has changed, since Max Lucado's congregation seems to celebrate both holidays.  But when I was a kid, we did our Easter at home, and we never discussed the religious aspects of it, for the same reason we didn't have pianos or other instruments in church:  The Bible didn't say to use pianos in church, or to celebrate Christmas and Easter.  (I know all about instruments being used in the Old Testament, but the way I was raised, that was for the Jews.  So there.)  As an adult, I've enjoyed many Easter services at churches of various denominations, and loved the organs, pianos, and orchestras of all sizes that I've heard at churches.    
Still, Easter was a wonderful family time.  There was usually a new dress and new shoes, not that I was ever thrilled by that. Shoes never did do much for me, nor did silky, scratchy, uncomfortable store-bought dresses .  Give me the home-made cotton dresses made from chicken-feed sacks, any day. 
There were Easter egg hunts with cousins, and huge dinners with lots of chicken and noodles, ham, deviled eggs, and other goodies.  
Good memories.  
Families are all so scattered these days, and many of the ones who live nearby feel forced to eat three Easter dinners in one day to keep everybody happy, so they can't actually enjoy any of them.  Buying ham will break the grocery budget, and let's not even talk about the cholesterol, calories, and sodium.  
It's just one more thing that has become too much bother, I suppose.  
Cliff and I will probably have something stir-fried, and a low-fat brownie with a half-cup of ice cream for dessert.  
I'll walk around the yard and garden several times to see if anything new has popped out of the ground, and there's an iris I'm checking often, because you can see it's about to bloom.  The red leaves on the Crimson King maple tree Cliff bought me for Mother's Day last year are showing.  It's nice to know that such an expensive tree made it through its first winter here.  
Mushrooms are being found on our property; I found a few on my own, early in the season, not enough to make a "mess", but enough to dice up in some scrambled eggs; I paid for them with elevated knee pain for a couple days.  Morels are just one more thing I've lost interest in.  It just isn't worth the effort and worry, no matter if the whole town sneaks in and steals them.    
Of all the things I've lost, I think I miss my enthusiasm the most.  

9 comments:

Ora said...

Hi Donna...I hear you in this entry and a also hear me...times change..faster than I am ready for..things are just not the same..not even close..so for now I think on my memories...and do what I know needs to be done...life in the fast lane just isn't exciting anymore LOLOL...but your happiness is the most important thing...so I wish you happiness today...along with a good dose of joy...a big hug for you and Cliff...from that crazy lady in Lexington, Ky

darev2005 said...

Hopefully when it warms up a little and the weather stops changing every five minutes the aches and pains will ease off a little. My hands and feet and knees are surely hoping so, anyway.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

You have some wonderful Memories of Easter and you've also given me my something new for today too--I didn't realize that there were Christian churches that didn't celebrate Easter or Christmas. Two of the most religious days of the year. I do learn something new every day of my life. I hope your walk around the yard there renews a little of that lost enthusiasm... new life is wonderful. Happy Easter!

TARYTERRE said...

HAPPY EASTER. The memories of your childhood were sweet. I always got a new dress and shoes too. But the real highlight was getting a new Easter bonnet. I'm sorry to hear you've lost your enthusiasm. It waxes and wanes as we go through life, so maybe you'll find it again during an unexpected moment. Take care.

ADB said...

Happy Easter, Donna

Ms Martyr said...

I too hope your enthusiasm returns with the warmer weather. I had to have chemical help to regain mine and I can't stress enough what a difference it has made.
Happy Easter.

Adirondackcountrygal said...

I hope you find your enthusiasm again! More morels too!

Margaret said...

You need more sunshine and growing things! I got very nostalgic today for family Easters and my late MIL's dinners, plus having both girls home to hunt for their Easter baskets. This year I sent them cards with money in them. Not the same at all!!

madcobug said...

I miss Easter when my children were small, making their Easter clothes,going to sunrise service, back home to cook breakfast then back to church for the regular service. Now that I have so much back trouble and the pain I get from sitting or standing to long I have lost my enthusiasm for most things I used to enjoy. It is a bad feeling when you lose that.
I know the knee pain isn't worth finding those morels. Helen