I have been flooded with memories this weekend of Easter Past. I've always loved this holiday - the beginning of spring. The joy and delight of the children in dyeing Easter eggs and having all the family together are fond, fond memories. It's times like these when I wonder what the heck I'm doing living in Mexico.
In years past, many years past, planning for Easter began at least a month before because when we were poor - I would get three yards of fabric for $1 at Hancock's Fabrics and make little dresses for the girls and short knee pants for John. Sometimes all the fabric matched, other times not.
BUT they always had a new outfit for Easter. Then I would make their Easter baskets weaving ribbons through previous year's baskets and making all kinds of things to put in their baskets. I even made baskets for them while they were in high school. They always looked forward to the goodies in them. And, it was a treat for me to make them.
THEN there was always Easter dinner. Ham, au gratin potatoes, brocolli casserole, other veggies and everyone's favorite, Angel Food cake with whipped cream for the frosting. IF I ever tried to deviate, a large uproar would take place. I can cook all of the above with my eyes closed. I've done it so much. Lots of people would show up and somehow there was ALWAYS enough food for everyone. I do have a tendancy, even today, to cook more food then needed from those days when people would just show up.
So now it is the grandkids. I DO talk to each of them on Easter morning and find out who found the most eggs in the family - it now is Emma almost every year. I hear where their baskets were hidden and it almost brings me to tears to not be there to see this. I'm really a softie for tradition and kids. But, talking to them is not the same as the excitement of waking up early and being out on the dew laden grass hunting for eggs and Easter baskets. To hear their squeals of delight is as sweet as hearing the church bells here in San Miguel.
All in all, I'm SO lucky to have all the memories of Easter Past.