“There is not so variable a thing in nature as a lady’s head-dress.”

I woke up at an ungodly hour, 4:30. I tried to go back to sleep but couldn’t so here I am downstairs drinking my morning coffee and watching 2 Lava 2 Lantula, a sequel to Lavalantula. The fire-breathing arachnids are back.

The Easter Bunny comes no matter what. Santa only comes if you’re good, but the Easter Bunny doesn’t care. Parental threats about losing a chocolate rabbit if you’re bad don’t amount to much. Whoever dreamed up the Easter Bunny lost a great opportunity for keeping kids in line.

When I was a kid, pouffy dresses, hats, white gloves and shiny patent leather shoes with a single strap were our Easter outfits. I still remember my mother taking us all to the shoe store. I’d walk around checking out the shoes on display until it was my turn with the salesman. When it was, he’d first check my feet in the x-ray machine and then I’d stand on the silver slide so he could check my shoe size. My mother always bought my sisters’ dresses at the Children’s Corner, a shop up town. My dress usually came from Jordan Marsh. My sisters were always far more excited than I was about new Easter clothes.

We always hoped for a warm Easter Sunday so we could show off our new clothes. Wearing a jacket spoiled the look.

I like Peeps but only if they’re hard, almost rock hard. When I was in the Peace Corps, my mother sent me an Easter package. By the time I got it, the Peeps were so stale you could bang them on the table. I loved those Peeps, and from then on my Peeps were always unwrapped for a while so they could get stale. I have no favorite color, but pink and yellow Peeps seem more like Easter.

I have no errands to do today. It is a good thing as rain is coming. The clouds have already taken over the sky and the breeze has become a wind.

The forsythias have bloomed all over the neighborhood. Everywhere I look has a bright yellow bush. That shouts spring.

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14 Comments on ““There is not so variable a thing in nature as a lady’s head-dress.””

  1. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I too am of the fossilized Peep persuasion. The Peep definitely needs to be very al dente. And the aging process concentrates whatever flavor a Peep has. I understand there are designer Peep flavors now and one of them might actually taste good fresh. The caramel filled one, I think. But it’s only available in one chain store. Targets or Walmart but I don’t remember which.
    The forsythia in the swamp have blossomed. I can see them through the other stuff that is leafing out. The neighbors forsythia are also in bloom. My 100 year old quince is close to flowering, the peonies are up about 6 or 7 inches, and I have one dandelion. Just one. Very odd that.
    Thankfully, I long ago aged out of pouffy dresses, white patent leather maryjanes with white ankle socks, and those odd hats that were like extremely wide and flowered head bands.
    It’s dreary up here. It has rained and it will again. The wind has returned.
    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I’m glad you are part of the fossilized Peep persuasion. They certainly are chewy that way. I bought a caramel filled Peep, and it was delicious as are the ones with chocolate bottoms. My sister has tried the root beer Peeps and said they are delicious. They have coconut Peeps with chocolate bottoms. I could go for those.

      I have more daffodils still in buds which is odd as they are in a garden directly beside the one where all the dafs have already bloomed. I don’t have any peonies. I’ll have to put them on the list.

      I think I was eight or nine when I rebelled against pouff. I only wore dressy dresses because I had no choice.

      The sky is still cloudy but they are bright clouds. It is also warm but windy.

      Have a great day!

  2. Bob Cohen Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Why a bunny and not a duck? Whoever dreamed up the Easter bunny never realized that rabbits don’t lay eggs. I guess when you are a kid you’re more gullible especially when candy is involved. “Who cares if rabbits don’t lay eggs, bring on the chocolate”. 🙂 I love the Cadbury cream filled chocolate eggs.

    I find it interesting that Christians had to come up with these mythical characters as ploys to interest the kids in religion. We don’t have Chanukah Harry, except on SNL. Moses only appealed to me after watching Charton Heston bring down the plagues and part the Red Sea on the silver screen in 1955. 🙂 Do Buddhist kids eat chocolate Buddhas on their holidays? Of course Easter needed a light character for children to identify with the holiday when the central theme is torture and a gooey death. 🙁 The Romans really knew how to keep them down on the farm and not get out of line. I think the Jews were the only conquered people who put up such a huge revolution that Rome just obliterated them and scattered their survivors to the outskirts of the Empire.

    Today will be sunny with a high of 85 degrees. Summer is just around the corner.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      I asked how ducks became part of Easter in Coffee the other day. Nobody seems to know. All of a sudden bunnies had Easter companions. I figure rabbits raid hen houses for their eggs. I find the Cadbury eggs with the yolk a bit too sweet. I do like their caramel eggs.

      I don’t ever remember the Easter bunny being used for religious reasons or to ease the whole Easter week. It is the same with Santa Claus. They appear at the holidays but have nothing to do with the religious celebrations. Neither have to do with going to church and celebrating Easter as a day of resurrection and Christmas as the day of Jesus’ birth. They are both purely non-religious.

      I’m still waiting for spring!

      • Bob Cohen Says:

        Of course the Easter bunny and Santa have no religious significance but they keep the kids interested in the season which allows the adults to slip in the religious points.

      • katry Says:

        I don’t remember religious points being slipped into the season. My parents would have been hard-pressed to find a connection between Christmas and Santa and Easter and the bunny. They were entities unto themselves.

        We lit the Advent wreath each week. For Easter we had no particular observances.

  3. olof1 Says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen Peeps over here, well we have enough of candy as it is to be honest 🙂 🙂

    Warm and sunny over here and it will stay that way for some time they say, it might be a bit more cloudy though but that’s ok.

    The easter bunny and the hiding the eggs tradition has never become big here either. It is an old German tradition but I’ve never been able to find out why they made a bunny hide eggs 🙂 🙂 🙂

    If it hadn’t been so dry today bonfires would have been lit to scare away the witches who are now flying home from Blåkulla after the big party. so today they’ll be able to come home without any problems 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      You’d be surprised by how many different Peeps there are. My sister said she tried the root beer ones, and they were delicious. I love the Peeps which have a chocolate base. Every year they seem to make new flavors.

      It is still cloudy here but warm. I sat out on the deck a while after I filled the bird feeders.

      We used to have Easter egg hunts when I was young. Some had candy inside while others had money.

      We have had rain the last couple of days. Today it was in the morning, but everything is now dry. Tomorrow it is supposed to rain again.

      Watch out for those witches!

  4. Birgit Says:

    Not so long ago the Easter fox brought eggs in some regions but the Easter hare took over.
    I missed this years bonfire if it was lit, it’s too dry here too, we currently enjoy sunny summer temperatures.
    The Easter walk is another tradition, I think about a bike trip on Monday instead which is a public holiday too.

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      I haven’t ever heard of the Easter Fox. I kind of like it as it is singular. The Easter hare sounds better than the Easter bunny.

      We had a warm day. I even sat outside on the deck for a while after I filled the bird feeders.

      It has rained three of the last four days, not much but enough to make the day feel damp. It is supposed to rain tomorrow as well.

      Some of the cities have Easter walks, but I don’t think the cape has any.

      Have a wonderful Easter!

  5. Hedley Says:

    Tonight the Triduum concludes as Mrs MDH and I head to the Easter vigil. Of course it starts at 9pm which leaves me seriously at risk for falling asleep.
    Tonight has more significance as a friend is being welcomed in to the Faith. Problem is he is sick and taken to his bed. I have no idea what happens if he can make it. We will be waving at him from afar, much safer that way.
    My day has otherwise be filled with the irrelevant. Hard to get too fired up about a trip to Home Depot in the pouring rain.

    Blessings of the season to you Kat and all KTCCers.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I don’t remember going to any Holy Saturday services. We usually went to mass at 9 on Easter Sunday. After we’d have dinner, we’d head to my grandparent’s house. It was filled with aunts, uncles and cousins. My grandmother always had Easter treats for all of us.

      I hope your friend is feeling well enough to go though I understand the waving from afar. I read that the flu is still about.

      My day has has spurts of me doing stuff then I just settle down and read. Right now I have just put supper on so the rest of the evening will be quiet.

      Thank you!

      I also wish you and Mrs. MDH the blessings of this holy season.

  6. Rick OzTown Says:

    It’s 83 in Austin. It will be warm again tomorrow for the celebrations. I’m invited to one in the backyard of a friends house, where there will likely be herds of children.

    I never had a peep until I was an adult. I found them disgusting, then and now.

    I grew up on farms and ranches in West Texas. The idea of a jack rabbit laying eggs was the source of some amusement. I looked at the whole thing as a fairy like bit of sweetness left over from an earlier time. Even as a five-year-old, it was nonsense.

    • katry Says:

      Rick,
      It is 60˚ here right now. It will also be warm tonight. Tomorrow, though, it is going to rain which will put a damper on the festivities. I guess the Easter egg hunts will have to be worked around the rain.

      Peeps cannot be eaten fresh as they are too sugary and mushy. Mine stay exposed to the air for a couple of weeks before I’ll eat them. My sister says the root beer Peeps are delicious. I thought the coconut was also tasty.

      I don’t think we ever thought the rabbit laid the eggs. I always thought the rabbit was just the decorator and the delivery system.

      Have a Happy Easter.


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