Monday, March 11, 2013

oh spring

for a while now, i knew i was going to be writing about Easter and how i recall the Easters from my childhood

like most subjects, that get in my head and won't let me alone until i do something about it---this one keeps beckoning me back

to me, as Christmas would pass, my thoughts would only be about, how long i had to endure until any true happiness appeared--until the next Christmas--

that is until it got to be around springtime---

when my imagination was in full swing again and hope was on the horizon---just about Easter time

now as i share this brief grasp to those days, i find that part of me, that holds me back as a writer--
that part that wants to apologize for not making this blog about the true meaning of Easter--

and as i sneaked that half-hearted sorry in----i have to tell you, i feel the emotions and eagerness, Easter has always brought to my soul, is because of the sacrifice that lead to my being able to see hope and a future-

when i look back in my mind's picture, this is what i see

myself on our swing-set----shorts and a summery top---sucking on a sucker and wearing my church patent leather shoes---the ones that would soon be my last years shoes--

for every Easter meant new shoes---beautiful shoes, maybe even yellow ones----it was all so exciting---and although we didn't get toys, like kids do now, in our Easter baskets----we were thrilled by them-

sometimes we would get baby chicks---or ducks, which we would play with on Easter morning, only to have to leave them with my grandmother, later that day---out in the country-----where we usually got a call maybe a week later, that they had been eaten by the weasels

those Easter dresses---how we marveled at how good we all looked-----

i remember one year---dresses with the wide belts, were all the rage----my sister, whose, waist was a tiny 24 inches, looked much better than me----so i stuffed mine in other places----

i don't think we had too many Easter egg hunts, like i do today for my family----but, it is something about the past Easters that i have never been able to recapture

maybe it was because i was a kid----or that i looked so good in my new clothes then------

but i tell you, i think the Easters were brighter then and hotter and full of a majesty, that is missing now----

and when i find i am wanting to relive those days, i only have to close my eyes and there i am, straightening my hat, carefully putting on my white cotton gloves and pulling that belt as tight as i can--

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  1. It's good you have your memories of those Easters. That's something you'll always have.

    Beautiful post, Lynn. ☺

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    1. i do love to think back on them--thanks dana :)

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  2. In many ways Easter had much more significance to me than Christmas. Most write about Easter itself, difference is what is interesting.

    Kids get toys at Easter? Not over here. They just get green around the gills from eating too much chocolate.

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    1. oh yeah---i myself put small toys in my grand-kids baskets---and we still have the green from the chocolate though----i was just thinking about you and how i don't like, that when i click on your comment to go to your blog, i can't get it--but i plan to go to my profile, that has your new link haha----hope you are having a good monday jp :)

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  3. I can so relate to this post. Easter was always about new dresses and shoes here too. I remember wanting some of those white gloves to go with my dress, and a new hat, but mom would never buy them for me.

    We did get toys in our baskets back then. Nothing fancy though. Just some bubbles, sidewalk chalk. Maybe a new kite.

    I think I would have been devastated that my baby chick got eaten. I guess I'm glad we never got live animals, though I always did want a baby chick or bunny in my basket.

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  4. i never got a bunny--and yeah it pretty much freaked me out as a kid, when i heard what happened to the little chicks---you could get that hat and gloves now theresa---i am glad you could relate :)

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  5. New hat, new gloves, new shoes. Mom made the new dress and coat. Later on I made the new dress and coat. The big family gathering after church. So many aunts, uncles, grandparents, cousins back then.

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    1. i know, the more the merrier, huh joanne :)

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  6. What lovely memories! I usually got shoes for the summer too. And a skipping rope. My mom was pretty good at finding unusual skipping ropes!

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    1. oh how cool---i remember not be too good at skipping rope, but loving it!!

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  7. Oh, thanks for conjuring up those days! Had to have the whole package myself. Like Joanne, we all got together for a family dinner and visit. No egg hunts back then. Altho my brothers did hide a hard boiled egg under my bed once. Didn't discover it until it exploded in the middle of the night...

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    1. haha omgosh---i can only imagine the smell in your room---i hate the smell from just boiling them--thanks susan:)

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  8. I have a few photos from my childhood Easters, and the clothes were definitely a big part of that. I might put a memory or two on my blog before Easter. I remember my favorite was a sleeveless hot pink and yellow dress with a matching bow for my hair. That dress made me so happy : )

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    1. oh good, joyce, i will be looking for that post---that dress sounds so pretty :)

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  9. Hi Lynn,

    Such lovely memories of Easter, for you growing up.
    I remember my pretty new frock at Easter too, and ribbons for my hair.
    Easter eggs would be waiting on Sunday morning, so all very exciting times.

    Happy week
    hugs
    Carolyn

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    1. it was really exciting---it was a different excitement from Christmas ---i am glad you have nice memories too carolyn :)

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  10. I like these vivid images Lynn.

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  11. Dressing up for Easter, for church was what I did growing up and when we could, the dress would be new. Except for church-going people, that wonderful tradition is gone, I think. You described it perfectly, Lynn.


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    1. i know---even at church, it isn't like it once was--people don't dress up like they did---thanks :)

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  12. I really miss my simpler days... when I could eat all the peeps that I wanted, not worry about anything. *sigh*

    Now I can only hope that I can give those days to the kids...

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    1. i hear ya---yep that's all we can do juli :)

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  13. We had a lot of the same memories from Easter; I do remember baby chicks and having to give them to the milkman who had a farm. Too cute about the belted dress! Great Easter memories Lynn!

    betty

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    1. weren't those chicks the cutest things!! haha glad you liked my dress memories betty ;)

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  14. You captured my childhood Easters perfectly.
    And your words... "i think the Easters were brighter then and hotter and full of a majesty, that is missing now" <-- so true!

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    1. yeah, it just seems to me or as far as i can recall, the weather was always hot, even like a week before Easter---glad you liked it jackie :)

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  15. I remember the wide brimmed hats and cotton gloves! Ah, the memories of Easter!

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    1. i know--my older sisters, seemed to have a contest on who could find the hat with the widest brim :)

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  16. I try to make those kind of memories for my own kids...but they completely veto the clothes.

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    1. haha i bet---i don't know about you, but there is just something about buying those dresses :)

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  17. What wonderful memories! I still remember getting new school shoes every fall before school started. Funny how new shoes made us both feel special.

    Julie

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    1. no, it's only a couple of weeks away---i am always looking ahead ;)

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