“… we are still awaiting Easter; we are not yet standing in the full light but walking toward it full of trust.”

Mother Nature is spoiling us with these sunny days and blue skies. It is chilly still but not cold, true sweatshirt weather. Fern is sprawled and napping in the sun streaming through the front door while Gracie and Maddie are napping elsewhere. I just watched Godzilla which I haven’t seen in years. It made me laugh. Most of the film is still in Japanese so scenes with Raymond Burr were inserted so we’d know what the heck was going on. He spends the entire movie looking straight ahead and doing voice-overs. The special effects are mostly miniatures, easy to spot. I got a big chuckle out of Burr at a press conference. He was writing for all he was worth while the information was being relayed in Japanese which he didn’t speak. In one scene a woman fell as she was running from Godzilla just as every B movie dictates but so did a soldier. That one is a new twist. It was in one of the inserted scenes and the guy was saved by Raymond Burr. During Godzilla’s rampage on Tokyo, Burr stands at a window, sweat pouring down his face while he describes the horror he’s watching for his editor into the microphone of a tape recorder. He just stands there until Godzilla destroys the building and the ceiling falls in on Burr who does survive. Godzilla doesn’t.

My neighborhood is quiet. I haven’t even heard a car going down the street or a dog barking. I have no plans for the day, no errands and nothing to do around the house except make my bed, but I’m hesitant as I’m thinking afternoon nap. I’m in the middle of a Lisa Gardner book called Touch and Go so I may curl up on the couch with my iPad and read away the afternoon.

Holy Saturday was always just an ordinary Saturday. We didn’t go to church: there were no services. We’d play outside weather permitting. That night we’d take our usual Saturday night baths with maybe a bit of extra scrubbing. The Easter Bunny was coming, but he never conjured the same excitement and anticipation as Santa did. We knew they’d be jelly beans and chocolate rabbits, a candy egg or two, a coloring book, crayons and a few small toys. My mother would let us eat one choice from our baskets, never the whole rabbit, and then we’d have to get ready for church. Our new clothes were all laid out, tags snipped and ironing done. After we’d gotten dressed, there were usually pictures, black and white pictures. We wore pastels.

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20 Comments on ““… we are still awaiting Easter; we are not yet standing in the full light but walking toward it full of trust.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    Sunny with a biting nasty wind, so it looks much nicer from the window than it really is. I went to Falköping to get more deer food and had planned to walk ariound in the town, I think there’s a market there today. But the wind made me change my mind.

    Easter eve is the big day here and all kids get their easter eggs filled with candy already early in the morning. I saw a cpouple of easter hags while I was i Falköping but there’s no chance of seeing anyone here in the village.

    I love those old Japanese horror movies 🙂 The voice overs was always in english and then we had subtitles to translate the englich to swedish 🙂 🙂 🙂 The voice-overs never fitted wiuth how the Japanese actors spoke 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Have a Happy Easter!

    • Christer,
      I had decided to stay home, but I’m thinking of buying some pansies for the basket on the step, sort of a welcome to Easter. It’s chilly but not windy. I know exactly how the wind makes a day feel so much colder.

      I would wish to live where i could see lots of Easter hags. That is so cool.

      They didn’t even bother to translate. I didn’t know what the characters were saying except the ones talking to Raymond Burr who hadn’t even been in the original movie. You’re right-their mouths never matched their words. Try to find the movie Attack of the Killer Tomatoes which has a funny scene like that.

      Happy Easter Eve!

  2. Vintage Spins Says:

    Kat, my previous comment completely disappeared just as I was about to post it, so please delete one if they both end up being published.

    I loved Easter. Instead of a chocolate Easter egg hunt, I’d have to search for books which my grandmother (who lived with us) hid all over the house. There would usually be a couple of Nancy Drews (which I did enjoy), but I remember being thrilled to locate Treasure Island behind my dresser and the Sherlock Holmes long stories on top of my parents’ bureau.

    I’m a vegetarian now, but turkey is still my greatest temptation.


    • Marie,
      I would have loved a book hunt instead of one for eggs. I loved to read even as a little kid and also enjoyed Nancy Drew. Treasure Island is still among my favorites. I was so upset when Long John turned out to be a bad guy.

      I love turkey and can understand it as a temptation.

    • Bob Says:

      A hunt for books! What a brilliant idea. I love chocolate, but books are less fattening and better for your teeth.

      I am not a big fan of turkey because I love dark meat. Today’s commercial turkeys have huge breasts and almost no thighs 🙁

      • Bov,
        I would not have cared if I didn’t get chocolate. Books were treasures to me.

        We have a farm here where you can order your fresh turkeys. You might like one of those instead of the commercially grown ones.

  3. Bob Says:

    Holy Saturday, thanks for informing me of the name for the day between Good Friday and Easter Sunday. I guess you are renaming it to lazy Saturday 🙂

    I always wondered the derivation of the name Easter. Of course, it comes from the Greek pagen god of fertility and sex, Astarte. That’s where all the bunny and egg stuff originated. When the Roman Emporor Constantine declared Rome Christian he incorporated lots of pagan holidays and rituals to make it palatable to his former pagan people. Monotheism was on the rise in the first century and Judaism was not favored by most pagan kings because conversion required circumcision. Let’s see, become Jewish and have your foreskin cut off as an adult without anesthesia or become a Christian and not have to be circumcised, it was no contest. When the apostles realized they couldn’t covert the Jews to Jesus’s version of Judaism, they dropped circumcision and adopted pagen ideas such as virgin birth and resurrection and sold it to the pagans. The apostle Paul was truly the greatest salesman who ever lived.

    Today is partly cloudy and the temperature is in the sixties with strong winds. We had thunderstorms roll through in the middle of the night and more are predicted for tonight and tomorrow morning.

    • Bob,
      It is not a lazy day. I just didn’t have anything planned. I ended up sweeping the kitchen, folding laundry and bringing it upstairs, filling another feeder and reading. No nap though I did lie down for a bit to rest my back.

      Bunnies are a leftover from the pagan festival of Eostre, a great northern goddess whose symbol was a rabbit or hare. Exchange of eggs is an ancient custom, celebrated by many cultures. Hot cross buns are very ancient too. In the Old Testament the Israelites baked sweet buns for an idol, and religious leaders tried to put a stop to it. The early church clergy also tried to put a stop to sacred cakes being baked at Easter. In the end, in the face of defiant cake-baking pagan women, they gave up and blessed the cake instead.

      I found this, “Easter is linked to the Jewish Passover by much of its symbolism, as well as by its position in the calendar. In many languages, the words for “Easter” and “Passover” are etymologically related or homonymous.[10] Easter customs vary across the Christian world, but attending sunrise services, exclaiming the Paschal greeting, clipping the church and decorating Easter eggs, a symbol of the empty tomb, are common motifs.”

      I was always taught that Christianity would not exist were it not for Easter, for the Resurrection.

      • Bob Says:

        Of course Christianity would not exist if it weren’t for Easter and it wouldn’t exist if the apostles insisted that the gentile males get circumcised when converting 🙂

      • Kat Says:

        Most men I know were circumcised and most of them are Christians. It was considered the better option for years, more hygienic. Not pushed on parents any more I don’t think.

  4. Hedley Says:

    “Which car are we going in?” Asks The Prince, “The Pumpamobile” says I and so we head to the Detroit zoo to enjoy squabbling Lions, fighting Warthogs, pooping rhinos and a gorilla resting with its legs up on the wall. It was bunnyville day at the zoo and they had a huge attendance as families enjoyed a warm spring saturday and searched for the Golden Eggs. The Prince didn’t find one but enjoyed the quest. We played animal games all the way home in the car and the general consensus was that the Lions were the coolest.

    Tomorrow we will go to services early and prepare for all the things our Prince expects from the Easter Bunny.

    • My Dear Hedley,
      What a wonderful choice as a place to spend the day. Bunnyville Day-love it! I might have to go with fighting warthogs-that I’ve never seen.

      I just brought down all the stuff the Easter Bunny is bringing to my friends. I decorate their tree by the deck every year and I have to plan that and do it early in the morning before they wake up, and I have to put their baskets together. That will be my evening activity.

      • Hedley Says:

        There was a third warthog wanting to join in but two large horned gazelles kept him at bay. It was really quite fun. The lions gave it a go, probably would have merited a Katmah story….

      • Kat Says:

        My Dear Hedley,
        THat sounds like Katmah story. I see the opening. Katmah wearing her native garb walking on the savannah with a lion walking on each side of her.

      • Hedley Says:

        Oooohhh, love it, can you work Ralph in to it ?

      • Kat Says:

        Ralph would be walking behind me with a giant fan waving to keep me cool and keeping the flies away. The fan would be leather and wicker.

      • Hedley Says:

        This screams wimoweh, plus a very subordinated Ralph. Heck we might get some croc action in here

      • Kat Says:

        Ralph has a most minor role, but I’m sure he’ll give it his all. I was thinking a croc walking ahead of me wearing an ornate collar while I hold his leash, which matches his collar of course.

  5. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    It’s beautiful up here today. Temps in the 50’s, a tiny bit of wind and lots of sun. My brother and I went to visit my mother at the nursing home. After that I went and bought myself a pail of yellow and purple pansies because it’s time for some pansies. They’re kind of cute in their little pail.
    I haven’t seen Godzilla in decades but I remember it well. I always wondered what the heck Raymond Burr was doing in that film. Now I know. He was there to translate. 🙂
    If I have to watch something with subtitles, I would prefer Sanjuro or Seven Samurai. I have a thing for Toshiro Mifune.
    Shao Lin Soccer is a fun film, too, but you really should watch the subtitled version, not the American market version. They are very different.
    Easter breakfast for us children was always chocolate bunny ears with a jelly bean chaser. 🙂
    Enjoy the day!

    • Hi Caryn,
      The day is the same here. I even opened the window in my bedroom to bring in a bit of spring air. I bought some pansies last week in a yellow pot for the kitchen. I still want to buy some for my basket on the front steps, but I ended up staying home with a bit of an upset stomach.

      There were no subtitles: mostly Japanese with the only English in the scenes which had been added, the Burr scenes. Subtitled movies are difficult for me to watch s I always feel as if I should be doing more than just watching TV, maybe going through a magazine or reading or looking up recipes. I’d miss all the subtitles.

      Yup, the ears always went first!!

      Have a lovely evening!

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