“In your Easter bonnet, with all the frills upon it, you’ll be the grandest lady in the Easter parade”
Ah, those were the days, Easter parades. When I first came to Canada in the 1950’s we arrived in a snow storm in early March and a heat wave in April, and we celebrated Easter by walking around Casa Loma (we couldn’t afford to go inside) and then went down to Bloor Street and watched ladies sporting Easter hats and floats going by. We had never seen anything like that before, just magical.
All of the community celebrations are the glue that holds us together. The Easter egg hunts, the games, prizes and don’t forget the chocolate! Happy, smiling children enjoying the wonder of the Easter Bunny. And the many clubs, organizations and volunteers who put those smiles on their faces. A million thanks!
And, what about the traditions we share to celebrate. An Easter loaf, a Paska, that Penny at the Welcome Inn baked for all of the seniors and it was delicious. Sharing our traditions with others is the glue that binds us together.
And, at the heart of the meaning of Easter, our many faith communities and churches who keep the true meaning alive.
Some of what we are used to is being replaced but Easter is our push to welcome spring. Open and clean those windows, watch the lake and look forward to a new season of hope. Happy Easter. Celebrate what is meaningful to you and build your own traditions!