Happy MLC Easter everyone!
Remember small-kid-time Easter? Here are some of my Easter memories:
I remember that from Good Friday until Easter, we used to refrain from eating meat. You don’t really realize how often you eat meat until you give it up. What was automatically a “hamburger”, suddenly became a “fish-burger”. But this went on only for a couple of years as I remember my dad saying “We’re not Catholic” – so that practice was over.
I remember watching the Lawrence Welk Easter show:
And what’s Easter without coloring eggs! I remember that the Saturday night before Easter, we’d take out old newspapers and cover the table. And the kitchen would smell of warmed up vinegar for the dye. Had to be Paas brand.
And remember how it came with that copper wire egg-dipper? And the clear wax crayon so you could write on your egg before you colored it? Only problem was that you couldn’t see what you were writing until after you dyed the egg!
And remember how you used to dye an end of the egg one color and the other end a different color? And then you got all artsy-fartsy and made a 3 colored egg? It was all good until you got carried away and dyed an egg so many times that the whole thing ended up turning an ugly purpleish-gray color. That’s when you knew that you pushed it beyond the limits.
Then on Easter day, after coming home from Sunday morning service – it was time for the annual Easter egg hunt. Someone in the family would go outside and hide all the eggs while you had to wait in the bedroom – and no peeking out the window – until you got the “Go!” signal. First eggs in the corner of the yard were the easiest to find. It was all eyes to the ground. Then you started getting wise and started looking in the ti-leaf plants, and plumeria tree branches, and behind the water hose.
Then we’d bring the eggs into the house and eat at least 1 colored hard-boiled egg. Always had to add salt on the egg when eating it. The rest was made into egg salad for the next day’s lunch.
Did you used to get a chocolate Easter bunny for Easter? We always had one and my brother always made a fuss that it was hollow. That was fine with me because it was easier to eat and tasted just as good. Well, one year we did get solid chocolate Easter bunnies. Do you know how hard it is to bite into a solid chocolate Easter bunny that’s been sitting in the icebox? Ended up chopping it up with a knife into little bite-sized pieces. Sometimes, less it more.
What are some of your Easter memories? Remember when Ala Moana Center used to be closed on Easter Sunday? And most everything else. Did you have a special luncheon or dinner? Betcha you had a ham. How about an Easter basket with all that fake green grass stuff? And the Easter candies: Peeps, pastel almonds, jelly beans, etc. Share your Easter memories with us. I know you had an Easter egg hunt. Did you pass on the tradition to your kids?
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