(Warning: Ranting/Rambling of a non-religious person forthcoming. If you are offended, I sincerely apologize in advance. If you continue reading, don’t say I didn’t warn you!)
Every year since we started having children, the scene has been relatively the same. It goes something like this:
Catholic Husband (Thursday before Easter): “I don’t know what you have planned for the kids for Easter on Sunday, but, I’m going to take A (our oldest) to mass with me.”
Me, Heathen Wife: “CRAP!!! CRAP!!! Easter is THIS Sunday. You are joking me? How late is (fill in the name with any super sized bargain store) open?”
Easter! You did it again! You are one stealth holiday, my frenemy!
It is not just that it always sucker punch’s me in the face and then while I’m recovering, kicks me in the stomach. It’s the whole shebang. It confuses me. SO, let me get this straight, Jesus came back from the dead (WHOA…that is AMAZING. Note to self: DVR The Walking Dead) and we celebrate this by buying green plastic grass, hiding eggs in bushes and perpetuating the (terrifying) myth that a 7 foot tall rabbit is breaking into our homes to bring us diabetes?
The egg hunts, the wearing of fancy clothing, the dye, the egg massacre in my kitchen, the candy, the 2:00 p.m. tantrums, the serious lack of alcohol to make any of this palatable. It is my least favorite holiday.
I imagine if I were religious (i.e. not going to hell in an Easter (hand)basket), Easter would be so much more. Respect. For me, with 4 small kids and a serious lack of religious upbringing, it is the antithesis. It is another Wal*Mart sponsored spending spree that leaves me feeling ambushed and with an additional 5 pounds of candy weight.
|The DEVILed Eggs|
But, I love my kids. I love them like CRAZY. So, I will SQUEEZE my post-partum body into a frock, hide jelly bean filled eggs, create baskets that would make Wilford Brimley shake in his diabetes filled boots and start downing mimosas at 10:00 a.m. . I’m a mom, it isn’t about me! My little heathens LOVE Easter, so, I will
pretend to love it too. And, to be fair, they are the four cutest cadbury eggs on the planet. Sigh, Easter…you win again.
|See, I manage to pull it all together.|
|HOLY cuteness. Easter 2009. This Easter, 2 additional bunnies!|