“As long as there is chocolate, there will be happiness.”

The morning is warm despite the wind. It was sunny, but now it’s cloudy. It rained last night and may rain again today. I’m not a fan of on again off again spring days. Here on the cape the wind keeps us cooler than the rest of the state. In the summer the wind is welcomed. This time of year not so much.

When I was a kid, we always had Good Friday off from school, but sometimes the nuns would make us sign up for an hour vigil at the church. I remember the statues were all covered in purple. I remember watching people doing the stations of the cross. I remember being totally bored.

I never knew where the Easter baskets and all the goodies were hidden. I thought maybe my parent’s closet, but I had no excuse to go rummaging. We used to get chocolate rabbits, the universal basket candy, jelly beans which back then were big and all of them pretty much tasted the same. The Easter Bunny also included small toys like my brother’s balsa plane while I got toys like jacks and the wooden paddle with the red rubber ball attached by an elastic. My sisters got stuffed rabbits or ducks. I don’t know how ducks horned in on Easter. All of a sudden there were ducks. We also got panoramic eggs with a scene inside. I know they were edible, but they tasted awful so we saved them. We, of course, ate the rabbit’s ears first. I think that was an unwritten custom.

Good Friday has always been meatless. My mother sometimes served fish sticks and French fries. Our favorite was fried dough. My mother couldn’t fry fast enough. We slathered the fried dough with butter and sprinkled salt on it. I remember all of us crowded around the dish waiting for more.

My laundry is put away. The trash is in the trunk so the dump is on my to do list. I called for an emergency eye doctor’s appointment. It is at 1:30. My eye feels as if something is in it.

I woke up at 8:30. I was shocked at how early it was.

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8 Comments on ““As long as there is chocolate, there will be happiness.””

  1. Bob Cohen Says:

    Hi Kat,

    This year Good Friday and Passover coincide. Tonight is the first Seder which is probably the oldest ritual in Judaism. Although the New Testament authors didn’t specify what the last supper was, it probably was the Passover Seder. The one most important point of the Seder is that each of us should remember that we were all once slaves in Egypt. If more people put themselves into someone else’s shoes and thought about how their actions would feel to another human being we would all be better off.

    My parents didn’t want us to feel left out and we got Easter baskets with chocolate rabbits and eggs on Easter Sunday. We also dyed and colored real hard boiled eggs for fun. There’s a lot of similarities between the two holidays by celebrating freedom, rebirth and springtime which are all universally good things. Drinking 4 glasses of wine at the Seder which is required isn’t a bad idea either. 🙂

    After a little rain last night it’s a beautiful sunny day with a high forecasted for the low 70s.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      I knew about Good Friday and Passover coinciding. I agree about the Last Supper probably being a Seder. It would be a far better world if we all gave thought as to how what we do affects other people. Empathy seems to be disappearing in today’s world.

      Easter is the oldest Christian holiday. I was taught that it is proof of Jesus as the son of God. Had he not risen, he would just be an ordinary man.

      I don’t think Easter baskets have anything to do with the resurrection so it was just fine for your parents to give you an Easter basket.

      • Bob Cohen Says:

        My love of chocolate began at an early age and it transcends everything else. 🙂

      • katry Says:

        I also love chocolate. The bane of my life is the really good candy store just a short ride away.

  2. Birgit Says:

    Public holiday today, perfect warm and sunny weather and a book.
    Life is good 🙂

    I’m just making chocolate covered fruit for a friend’s birthday party tomorrow. 5 minutes break, white and normal is ready, now the dark chocolate has to melt…

    • katry Says:

      I so love chocolate covered fruit. One of my sisters sent it to me as a gift. I didn’t share! I don’t know which fruit was my favorite. They were all so tasty!@

      • Birgit Says:

        Ready. Today I used fresh grapes, clementines and strawberries. It’s depends on season and availability.

      • katry Says:

        Strawberries are born for chocolate as are bananas, apples and all the melons.

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