Sunday, April 05, 2015

Pardon the Interruption

I am interrupting the Paris updates to wish you all a happy Easter!

I have always been a huge fan of the holiday, due in no small part to the opportunity that it gave us to gather together as a family. This year, it is just Hugh, the Cub and I, but, I have left none of our usual traditions undone; there will still be ham and scalloped potatoes for dinner, yeast rolls are rising even as I type this, and, a basket brimming with chocolate and other sweet treats awaited the Cub this morning.

We miss The Teenager, of course, but, she is in good hands with Barbie and my Mom. Barbie took the time to play the part of the Easter Bunny for her and Mom is making ham, so, all is pretty much well in her world, despite not being here with us.

As for me, I am thanking God for the sacrifice of his Son and for my numerous blessings. I am also enjoying a few pieces of chocolate here and there. It was a very long Lenten season this year, for some reason, and, I found myself craving chocolate more often than I didn't.

Apparently, this is not exactly unusual for me, if the pictures that I scanned at Mom's last fall are any indication.


This is me and my sister Midge, circa approximately 1970. I feel it necessary to point out that I am ignoring the camera in order to give my full attention to unwrapping a piece of candy. I believe you begin to see a trend as these pictures continue...


...reaching for another piece...


...probably denied a piece...(as an aside, would you look at the legs on my grandma? Damn! Not bad for an old lady. And, I digress)...


...mouth full of chocolate, attractive!...


...unwrapping, again...


...hey, Dad, can I have a piece of candy? Wait, you're not Dad. Mom! What the hell are you doing in a photo? (seriously, she was never in our pictures. Do you suppose the shock of seeing her there is what has Barbie so upset?)...


...Ah, Dad, there you are! The Earth has shifted back on its' axis (and all is right in Barbie's world). But, seriously, if I smile really big, can I have a piece of candy?...


...Forget the candy, I am too cool for that kid stuff. I'm standing in the yard wearing an orchid corsage, what if someone I know sees me? Gah!

My dad bought those orchids every year on the day before Easter. The corsages were stored in the fridge in our bar until Dad pinned them to our dresses on Sunday morning.

For me, Easter will forever be the taste of chocolate and the smell of orchids. I don't have an orchid today, but, as I said before, I am well on my way with the candy.

Happy Easter, y'all.

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