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Musing: Easter memories

Church services, candy and egg hunts on Easter Sunday all make for some special family memories.

Today is Easter Sunday, which commemorates the resurrection of Jesus from the dead following His crucifixion on Good Friday. Many will have been up early to attend sunrise services at their respective churches and then worship at the regular times.

Some churches bridge the time between services with an Easter breakfast.

Children wake up early to see if the Easter bunny stopped by their home and left them a gift — usually a basket of various candies and perhaps a toy or two. I remember the conversations with my children as they were little over how much they could consume before breakfast and church. Two pieces and no chocolate I would remind them — only to hear, "'Why no chocolate mom?'"

"No time for more showers before we leave for church," I would respond to their groans, even though they still had their jammies on.  

After church, while the kids and I were changing into everyday clothes, my husband would hide eggs for an egg hunt. And as we fellow Ohioans know, the weather on Easter Sunday can range from inches of snow to temperatures in the 70s. Sometimes the egg hunt had to be in the house, and I used real eggs as well as the plastic ones with a piece of candy or money in them.

One year, about two weeks after Easter, I began noticing an offensive smell. You guessed it. We didn’t find one of the real eggs. Thus began the task to find the odorous culprit. The stench was in the family room around the sofa. We took all the cushions off and checked, looked under it and finally turned it upside down. We found the egg wedged in one of the back legs in a cupped out are of the wood. Armed with rubber gloves and Lysol, I removed it and disinfected the sofa leg and carpet. From then on, anytime we had to have the hunt indoors, we made them sit down and count how many each of them had to assure we would not have another mishap. It was a frustrating, but fun memory.

With the pandemic, we are advised to still not gather in large groups, but I know many families who will disregard this advice and have plans to be together today. For those families gathering for church, dinner and the afternoon, enjoy your time together, but be please be cautious.

A friend and I attended my youngest grandson's baseball game this past week. The temperature was warm, but windy. It brought back memories of attending spring sports events of my children where I had to bundle up more than for a football game in the fall. Spring weather can be fickle.

Whatever your plans may include today — whether alone or with family and friends — enjoy the day. Easter is meant to be a symbol of hope, renewal and new life.

Let me leave you with this quotation by author Kate McGahan: “The very first Easter taught us this: that life never ends and love never dies.”

Until next week, Happy Easter! Please continue to be safe: wash your hands frequently, keep your distance and wear a mask.

Brenda Donegan is a former Marion Star staffer. She may be reached at brendadonegan55@gmail.com.

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