The letter E brings to mind Easter as it is but 4 days away. How different the celebration of Easter is today from when I was a child.
Easter and the days leading up to it were sacred. Back then stores closed not only on Easter day but for the hours between noon and 3 pm on Good Friday, the hours said to be when our Saviour Jesus was crucified.
Way back then as a child we looked forward to our new Easter outfits. My grandmother often made mine. I well remember her making my new Easter coat when I was about 6 or so. Each year I would have an new entire outfit; a new dress, shoes, an Easter bonnet and even little white gloves. Everyone showed up for Easter services in their Easter finest.
I well remember one Easter in particular. My brother is 7 years younger than me. He must have been about 6 or so. Mom carefully dressed him in his new suit. Our church was across the street from our house and down the street about 500 feet. My brother, Norman, came out of the house to cross the street and go to church. Instead of walking, he ran as children do. In his running he must have decided it would be a good idea to jump over the hedge in our front yard. He did not quite make it. Up he came with one pant leg of his brand new suit ribbed to shreds. Yup, that suit lasted maybe 15 minutes! I so remember the reaction of our mother. Let's say it was not pleasant.
Then there was Easter dinner. Ham, potato salad, deviled eggs (made from the eggs we children gathered at the church's Easter egg hunt), baked beans, cole slaw. Oh yea, the deviled eggs usually had a bit of blue, green or pink coloring on the white part.
This Sunday we will attend church as we do most Sunday's. We will be up at the Texas/Oklahoma border where we will stay at a COE park for a few days. When we get to that area tomorrow we will seek out a church to attend. We will celebrate the Resurrection of our Saviour. We will not be wearing new Easter clothes but one of the few nicer outfits we kept for such occasions. That's okay, God does not look at what is on our bodies but what it in our hearts.
What are your memories of Easter?
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