Tuesday, March 25, 2008

'Cause That's What Easter's All About

Granted, they're still young, and I'm still not a good mom, but c'mon...couldn't they at least pretend I were, just for a minute when their Grandma asks them if they know why we celebrate Easter? Is it too much to ask that they read my wide-eyed, frantic nodding in the rear-view mirror as a clear instruction to say, "Why yes, Grandma, our dear mother has taught us ever so much about the resurrection of our Savior." I thought I had. I suppose there are more things than I care to count that I have thought I taught them, only to discover (at the most inconvenient moments) that they didn't hear or understand a word I said. I always swore (in those moments of frustration when I was fishing for an answer to a basic question in primary) that MY children would know the answers. MY children would not stare ignorantly at their teachers when asked doctrinal questions. I take comfort in hoping that other children around the globe hear only, "Easter means candy," when their parents painstakingly prepare and execute elaborate fhe lessons designed to dispel that very myth. Oh, and by the way, are there any holidays left for which we don't shovel truck loads of candy down our children's throats?
On that note I'm including a few photos of our fun egg hunt on Saturday, cause after all, apparently we've been working hard to teach them that that's what Easter is all about.

Ty got the flu the night before our journey to Utah for the family Easter festivities, so he just kept Sy at home with him (which was a blessing, as Sylas is NOT a traveler and it was a LONG 4 hour trip), so he didn't get any candy or eggs or pictures. Good thing he's too young to know or care. Note our fancy Easter baskets - a lot of thought went into them.


sharlee said...

I feel your pain of guilt. When Spencer was Jonah's age he had already given his first memorized talk on the Resurrection. Jonah, on the other hand hadn't even heard the word, I don't think, until his Easter lesson on Sunday. Out of shame and the realization that I haven't been doing my job I gave a special "post-Easter" lesson for FHE lastnight, a "review" if you will. I'll do better next year. I really hate the commerciality of the whole holiday (all the holidays). It makes me sick. Especially Easter, which is, in my opinion, the most significant and sacred days of the whole year.

Emily said...

They're hearing more than you realize. But it is frustrating how commercial this holiday is.

Maybe you'll be in Utah the same time we're "up north" sometime this summer. Here's hoping!

Amber said...

WHAT???!!! Easter is not all about candy? I'm sorry, I thought that is what you said. I must have misunderstood! Seriously though, all we can so is try our best. At the end of the day, Cora still thinks Jesus was wrapped in "swallowing" clothes and placed in a manger full of "hate" (hay).

Marianne said...

I do have fun Easter pictures I want to share! But I'm having issues getting them loaded onto my computer (I'll spare you the long details). I probably won't be able to get them on my blog until Monday! I'm annoyed. I really wanted to post them at the beginning of the week. I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who cares about my blog!

Oh, I completely agree with you about how Easter is too commercialized, and I agree with what Sharlee said, how it's worse with Easter because it is the most significant and sacred of holidays. I read in the Ensign (I think it was last month's) how a family decided to have a "Spring Day" where they painted eggs, had an Easter Egg hunt and all that stuff. They didn't want their kids to relate Easter with candy and the Easter Bunny. Then, on Sunday, they celebrated the real Easter, without all the candy and junk. I thought that was a good idea.

sharlee said...

I read that too, Marianne. SUCH a good idea.