Celebrating Easter

I found it really hard celebrating Easter this year.  Easter for us is usually about getting together with family and having a big meal, playing games, and simply being together.  That couldn’t happen this year of course.  The closest we got was to video chat with each other at different times of the day.  I guess that will have to do for this year!  We will sure enjoy each other’s company even more when we can finally get together!

Easter for me is also about new life.  Easter comes in the spring when new life is almost ready to break forth on the earth.  The grass will begin to green, flowers will start to grow and bloom, gardens will get planted, fields will be seeded, and all kinds of babies will be born – animals and birds (and even some human babies). 

This year spring as well seems to be taking its time coming.  We can rest assured though that it will eventually arrive.  Sometimes spring kind of sneaks up on us when we’re not looking.  Maybe that’s how it will be this year.

There is definitely a lot of newness in the world right now.  Nothing is the same; everything has changed.  Most of us are staying at home, maybe venturing out for a walk to get some exercise and pass the time. 

We have plenty of time to look within and to figure out what is really important to us.  I know I am finding out how important getting together with people is for me.  Connecting with others in person for any reason is much higher on my priority list than it used to be. 

Of course, family has always been way at the top of my list of priorities, but I never realized before how much I enjoyed, or needed, the contact with others in my days.  For example, I really miss going to the lodge to call Bingo for everyone there.  I miss being with the others helping out as well as the residents themselves.

I miss the concerts and other get-togethers that were a part of the fabric of my life.  I even miss going to meetings!  I miss connecting with others. 

This has been a time for keeping connected by phone with extended family though.  It’s nice to have the time to talk with my brothers and all my brothers-in-law and their families.  Even Aunts and Uncles have been included in our phoning, and long-time friends that we haven’t seen for awhile.  That has been nice. 

I’m wondering how this Easter was for you?  Were you, too, missing the close connection with family or friends?  What has been new for you in this new world we are in?

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