Easter was yesterday. How convenient during this A to Z challenge and today’s letter is E. Makes my topic choices a bit easier.
Easter. Resurrection Day. The day Christ rose from the dead. Its astounding really. A man who was killed in a particularly gruesome death 3 days prior is raised from the dead by a God who loves us so much that he sent His only Son to do the job. For us. What an amazing God we have.
We celebrated yesterday with family and food. And way too much candy as well. (I forgot that I had already purchased kind of a lot of candy already.) We hide Easter eggs filled with treats and coins. I filled Easter baskets for the kids with treats and small presents. As usual, I took no pictures and I don’t think anyone else did either.
We ate boiled eggs and played “egg boxing” the kids have named it. You hit another persons egg end to end and the one whose egg breaks is the loser. They love that game!
I have wondered why we use eggs at Easter so I looked it up. Wikipedia says this: In Christianity, for the celebration of Eastertide, Easter eggs symbolize the empty tomb of Jesus: though an egg appears to be like the stone of a tomb, a bird hatches from it with life; similarly, the Easter egg, for Christians, is a reminder that Jesus rose from the grave, and that those who believe will also experience eternal life.
We had a good time together eating eggs, candy and ham. But I have noticed some things. One- I didn’t have as many Easter baskets to hide. The numbers have been shrinking for some time now, as you may have guessed. Some years I do fill some baskets for the older kids just as a token fun thing, more for me than for them. This year I did, putting in some candy but also favorite snacks that I don’t usually buy.
Two- I filled the cups with egg dye and then walked away. I cleaned the garage refrigerator while they dyed eggs. With no supervision. By themselves. 20 some years of being right there supervising egg dying because there were always toddlers or preschoolers, and I could walk away this year. We are several years away from preschoolers, true. Old habits die hard sometimes.
I guess I am not as needed anymore. My goal is to work myself out of a job, but I guess, underneath, as mothers everywhere do, we want to still have a job. To be needed. And, to be sure, I will always be the mom and therefore, needed. But it changes and I am realizing that more and more. The goal does not change. I, and they, change.
And it’s ok. Time for a new career I guess. (I guess I will be a writer when I grow up!)
Happy Easter!! Enjoy your week off, if you have one, with your kids.