Ah, this Easter Sunday is beautiful! The sun is shining, there is a slight breeze (when is there NOT at least a little breeze in Chicago?), and best of all NO rain in sight. Perfect weather.
When I was a little girl, we would start off our day searching for our Easter baskets. Believe it or not, I still have mine.... well used and a few missing parts, but I wouldn't part with it for anything. Oh, the things my sisters and I would find in those baskets; Silly Putty, a kite with our own roll of string, ball and jacks, chalk, and of course candy! We would put on own new dresses that my mom made for us; usually we were all dressed the same too! Add our new patent leather shoes, gloves and purse and off to church we went, looking wonderful. So where are those pictures? Hmmmm....
After church our family usually had dinner at my Grandmother Lucy's house, where of course we would meet up with almost all of my cousins. There were a lot of kids too, you could count on at least 15+ kids and five or six adults. Kids ate in my grandmother's basement on picnic tables and card tables. Adults ate in the dining room. Each family brought a dish and we NEVER ran out of food! Following dinner, the boys made haste for outdoors, while most of the older girls and women cleaned up the dishes. Then the real fun began...what we had all been waiting for....the EASTER EGG HUNT!! My Uncle Damien was in charge. I don't ever remember finding a real egg either. They were always plastic eggs with candy and money inside. Uncle Damien arranged two hunts, one for the younger kids and one for us older kids. It was a blast!
Those are some great memories!
Some traditions must be passed on as well...so my family will gather at my sister's home in a little while. We will eat a delicious meal, including baked beans (Lucy's recipe!), potatos, ham, green bean casserole and tons more, plus desserts. Whoever cooks doesn't do the dishes so it looks like my sister and I will have some free time and who knows, despite all of our kids being teenagers and young adults, you never know there still may be an Easter Egg Hunt! Happy Easter friends!