Some people grumble about the commercialism of spiritual holidays. After all, what does a magical bunny really have to do with faith? Well, my short answer is…everything!
What’s more wonderful than believing in something we can’t see, something that can’t be proven, something that may or may not actually happen? Even as a child I always thought dying would be kind of like Christmas or Easter morning, running into the living room to see if all my prayers, hard work, and wishes had really worked out as I had hoped.
As a kid, our family hardly missed a single church service, especially on Easter morning. We always got a new special outfit, shiny shoes, and family photos in front of the house on our way to church. But I can’t really tell you anything about what happened while I was on that pew.
What I do remember are the many happy egg hunts, the hours spent coloring eggs, and the taste of sugary icing on the Easter bunny cake my mother would make with us each year. We’d also “paque” eggs, a Cajun tradition in which two people hit their eggs together end to end. After the hit, the egg with the fewest cracks in the shell wins. My cousins and I would stand in Granny’s kitchen and paque all our colored eggs until the shells were all cracked. We’d eat some, and the rest would be thrown into the warm potato salad to eat with gumbo.
Another fun Easter memory happened later, when my own children were dying eggs, hunting for treasures, and adding jellybeans to the bunny cake ears. We invited all our friends to a night-time egg hunt in our neighborhood park. We gave the kids flashlights and set them free. It turned out to be a wonderfully fun event for all involved. That was before glow-in-the-dark plastic eggs, but I think that would only add to the thrills.
Now, my children are too old for egg hunts and have told me they don’t really want to dye eggs this year. I’m sad to see them growing past the childhood traditions, as they did this Christmas too, but I’m happy to see them grow through each stage of their lives and will still enjoy every moment of our Easter holiday together, with or without paque egg gumbo.
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