I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Happy Easter. It has been my observance that the meaning and way of celebrating Easter changes depending on what stage in life you are in. For those of you with little kids, Easter tends to be about Easter egg hunts, Easter baskets and of course the Easter Bunny. I remember how excited my daughter would be about what the Easter Bunny was going to bring her. Then of course there was the buying and wearing of a special Easter dress for my daughter.
I am a Slovak and every Easter our traditional meal included Ham, Sausage, Bacon, Cirak(Easter cheese made of eggs),Potato Salad, Deviled Eggs and Paska(raisin and rice bread). My mom and aunt would spend many hours making all the food. Since I am a catholic we had a tradition of getting an Easter basket filled with the above food blessed at church on Holy Saturday afternoon. I am one to go to church on Saturday night because I don’t want to get up to go on Sunday. This meant going to the Easter vigil every year.
This year is a very different Easter for me. For the second year in a row no one is cooking the traditional Easter food. There will be no blessing of the basket again this year. Instead I will be taking my mother to an Easter buffet for our dinner. My aunt is out-of-town this year. My daughter for the first time in her 21 years will not be with me for Easter. She is staying at college with her husband. Normally she would come home, but since I am having surgery in a few days she is waiting until after my surgery to come home. My mom is going on vacation in a week, so we decided why make the effort to cook for just the two of us. We did this Easter buffet last year and it was terrific. Who wouldn’t like prime rib, ham, lamb, chicken Marsala, fish and all the trimmings and side dishes you could ask for.
I went to the Easter vigil alone tonight. I find I am doing many things alone these days. The service was very long almost two and a half hours. It did give me time to think and reflect on how life is ever-changing and we need to embrace every moment. Never take anyone for granted especially family. Tell them you love them every time you talk to them. Losing my husband has taught me many things but the greatest of all is that every day is a gift and not a given. I pray that everyone reading this has a blessed and Happy Easter!