“Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems.”

Not a single errand is left. I don’t think I’ve missed a store. All I seem to do is haul bags into the house. Yesterday one errand was grocery shopping, but I timed it so the store was fairly empty. I even had a list, but it still wasn’t fun. The candy store was the best stop.

Today’s weather is almost the same as yesterday’s but without the clear blue sky. Partially cloudy is the forecast. I don’t know why it is never partially sunny.

The Easter bunny comes tonight. We were excited, but it was never close to the excitement of waiting for Santa Claus, and there was no countdown to the big night. In the morning, our baskets would be on the kitchen table or on the table in the living room or sometimes even in our bedrooms. Grass was always at the bottom of the baskets, but I don’t know why. I still don’t. We never questioned a rabbit bringing eggs and candy especially one wearing clothes and standing on his hind legs. That proved to us he wasn’t your average rabbit. The baskets were straw and multi-colored. I think everyone I knew got the same sort of basket. Even now I see the similar ones for sale in all the stores.

New Easter clothes were part of the spring renewal. That they were pastels was a goodbye to winter’s drab colors. We were like spring flowers bursting out in yellow, blue or lilac. When I was little, my mother chose my clothes. No outfit was complete without a hat and white gloves. Shoes were usually patent leather with a small square purse to match. The shoes had one strap across the top that buckled on the side. White ankle socks, sometimes with lace tops, completed the outfit. We used to stand in front of the steps for pictures. All the pictures were in black and white.

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19 Comments on ““Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    Maggie and I were on the road before 7am to pick up bagels for the Tottenham game at Sunderland which ended in a rather shapeless draw.
    I then switched to BBC America to watch the “boat race”, a thrilling event as a swimmer risked all up jumping in the murky waters of the Thames and emerging between the two boats. back to Chiswick bridge says the referee for a restart, through the choppy waters and then they ran into each other and Oxford broke an oar. Brilliant stuff.
    Cambridge “won” but really who cares except the swimmer ?

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      You have already had a wonderful day though you couldn’t count a win for the home team.

      I have watched nothing yet-read a little, wrote my blog and now just browsing.

      • Hedley Says:

        Kat,
        You have got to catch the idiot swimming in the Thames, he has been named (I won’t) and he works for local government. Will he lose his job for asking for and exercising civil disobedience ? Nah.

        America ‘s Team play your soxy team later, we shall see

  2. olof1 Says:

    Mostly clear blue sky here today and the six inches of snow we got during the night is slowly melting away. But it is cold, it barely reached above 32F.

    We always get our candy on Easter eve. This is the big easter day here like Christmas eve is the big day at Christmas here. I have no idea why though 🙂 🙂 🙂

    I can’t remember ever getting new clothes for Easter, perhaps just because we never knew what kind of weather it would be especially when easter is as early as it is this year.

    I looked at Falling skies but I don’t know. There are just to big logical gaps in it. If the aliens are so superior how come can a lot of people walk around in daylight when the aliens fly their smaller ships in the air? Well I’ll give it a new chance next week.

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      We are inbetween your winter and Bob’s warm spring. It is in the low 40’s right now, chilly.

      New clothes were always bought as if the day would be perfectly spring-like. Often it was cold, especially when Easter was as early as it is this year.

      The aliens are really looking more for children than adults. Keep watching.

      • olof1 Says:

        I guessed those things on the children’s backs looked strange, like a larvae. So my guess is that they are sort of space kids that needs the children’s energy or something. It’ll be exiting to see if I’m right 🙂
        Christer.

  3. Hedley Says:

    Damn ! Turns out the Boat race swimmer studied at my Alma Mater, the London School of Economics…him and the criminal Saif…no wonder my Grandfather told me that he didn’t cared what I did but he didn’t want me to go to the LSE.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I knew the study of economics would produce unsavory characters! Your grandfather was right!

  4. Zoey & Me Says:

    Same here and we kids hated the picture taking exercise. My Dad had a good camera but everything else was a brownie. Kodak’s stock went up at Easter. That’s as much as I recall as a kid. The baskets were always on the kitchen table and we fought over who got what. That lasted until time for church. I also remember big dinners where everyone brought something and in a Greek/English family it was a tasting event. Mom always made the main course.

    • katry Says:

      Z&Me,
      My parents too had a brownie-I think most everyone did.

      We never fought as we each had a specific basket meant only for us. We were different ages so the baskets held age appropriate stuff.

      I don’t think we ever went anywhere for Easter dinner though after dinner we often went to my grandparents’ house. They always had candy for all of us-as if we needed more!

  5. Hedley Says:

    We’re all behind our Baseball Team,
    Go get em Tigers
    World Series bound and picking up steam
    Go get em Tigers

    And on a beautiful spring afternoon, the ball is flying out.

    • Bob Says:

      In the American League the real champions won their opener yesterday afternoon defeating the Chicago White Sox. It’s a long season but the Rangers have the pitching, hitting and defense to take the AL flag for a third time and bring the World Series to North Texas for the first time and crown another Texas team as America’s.

      • katry Says:

        Bob,
        I just won’t get in the middle of this except to say we are such wonderful fans for our teams-our all-American teams!

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      If this were mid-September then your World Series bound team would have more credibility! Two games doth not a season make I believe the bard said!

  6. lilydark Says:

    Passover was a big to do with our family and I miss the big dinners with family and the preparation ( exploding matzo balls ) brisket, and all the stuff for the passover plate. They were long seders though, read both in Hebrew and English and by the end I was almost asleep. It was a full moon yesterday, and while I didn’t go to a seder, I went instead to hear Judy Fjell and Nancy Schimmel, do musical event about Malvina Renyold’s life. It’s all about freedom anyway. Happy Easter and Passover.
    For a spring viewing pleasure:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YrkugMr1WQ&feature=related

    We are waving,
    Lori and LilyWHO

    • katry Says:

      Happy Passover!
      I went to a seder only once, and I remember the prayers, and I especially remember the food!

  7. Bob Says:

    The weather here in North Texas has been spectacular for the last few days. Sunny skies and highs in the upper 70s for the Rangers home opener yesterday.

    As a little kid we always went to the Sedar at my grandmother’s home. She prepared a huge meal with Eastern European favorites such as gefilte fish, matzo ball soup and brisket. It was a chore to stay awake until the end since my grandfather would lead the Sedar in his best suite and tallest yarmalka. We kids would hide the piece of matzo required to finnish the service in the same location and then negotiate for chocolate lolly pops to return the matzo.

    Today I only eat matzo at the Sedar since it gives me a terrible stomach ache and clogs up my colon. I always enjoyed going to my friends houses when I was older for Easter dinner because I love baked ham and chocolate Easter eggs.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      Detroit was cold for the opener there, and it will be cold when the Sox open at home.I love going to the games, but I hate sitting and freezing.

      I love matzos and buy them all the time just to have with cheese. Covered in chocolate, they are wonderful.

      I am a brisket fan so I’d love to have joined you at your grandmother’s, and I’d then invite you here for ham!


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