Easter mornings used to include rising early to get Hannah dressed in big poofy dresses, huge hair bows and shiny white patent leather shoes … looking picture-perfect for church services. After Mass, we would head home for an Easter egg hunt in search of the big white Easter basket filled with bunnies, dolls and chocolates.
Today our Easter is a little different. It’s just me & Hannah, now. She is a typical twenty-year old college kid with no need to rise before 11am. Although I pray before falling asleep every night, sadly the closest to church services I came today was brushing past the re-finished church pew that sits in my kitchen. The Easter egg hunt consisted of a few plastic eggs that trailed to the same white Easter basket, now a little tattered & worn, filled with gift cards and clothes for the upcoming travel-abroad trip. Today’s ‘traditional’ Easter dinner was crab cakes, lobster mac & cheese, asparagus and fruit salad … Although very yummy, all compliments of the local grocery’s deli.
But, despite the changes in our circumstances & traditions, this was an absolutely wonderful Easter! I received the blessing of sharing the entire weekend with my daughter – not the little girl in my memories – but the amazing young woman she has become. We caught up on her busy & wonderful college stories, laughed at my ridiculous dating adventures, and emotionally went through our family photo albums – reminiscing through a mixture of smiles, hand-holding and tears.
Easter was everything it is supposed to be … A celebration of unimaginable love & continued hope.
Happy Easter … From Fifty Shades of Cheryl