My Jewish Easters

Yes, I am Jewish, but we always celebrated Christmas and Easter when I was growing up.  We didn’t celebrate them in a religious way… we just took the fun parts and used them.  We had a Christmas tree every year, with toys galore piled up underneath.  We decorated the tree with ornaments and tinsel — the whole nine yards.  I even saw Santa Claus one year after he was delivering our toys.  I caught a little glimpse of his fat red behind as it left the den that housed our beautiful tree.

Easter was a candy fest for us.  We didn’t “do” the egg dying part.  We just did the delicious candy hunt.  Our two acre yard in Great Neck felt like a park as we ran around searching for and collecting enough candy to fill a trick or treat bag.  The Easter Bunny would hide his treats everywhere… under bushes, on windowsills, inside the cars in our garage.  It was a veritable chocolate feast every year.

One year I was very sick and would not be able to hunt outside for my Easter candy.  I was extremely upset, as this day was one of the highlights of my year.  Not only was I sick, but I was going to miss out on all that delicious candy too.

My mother took me into the bathroom for a sponge bath.  Apparently I was too sick to be immersed in water.   A sponge bath would refresh me without causing me to plunge into the depths of higher fevers, maybe even hospitalization.  I stood valiantly as she cleaned me off, feeling weak and very sad.  Why did I have to be sick on Easter? Oh why, oh why?

When I came out of the bathroom dressed in a freshly washed and flowery nightgown I saw the gleam of metallic paper next to my tissue box.  The Easter Bunny had visited my room during my sponge bath! I looked at the window and could have sworn I saw a little furry tail hopping out to the yard.  There was candy everywhere! Under my pillows, in my drawers.  I don’t think I had ever found so much candy myself in a single Easter.

I believed in the Tooth Fairy too, but I’ll save that story for another day.

Happy Easter everybody, especially little children around the world who are hunting for candy eggs.

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About mallorylayne

midlife mom seeking meaning for the rest of her life.
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