Tuesday, April 6, 2021

On the Bunny Trail

Pre-Easter Fun

I sit here at the end of another long day thankful for being able to celebrate Easter with my little granddaughters and family. In the midst of half-opened boxes and unopened ones, laundry, and lots of clutter, I decide to bake. Baking is a tradition started by my Nonnie so today I honor her and my mother who followed in her footsteps. I pull out the beautifully preserved breadboard and pause to breathe in the aromatic smells of spices and dough from my past. As I pull 'out the flour canister, eggs, and butter, I start the hunt for the Easter cookie cutouts. They're in one of the unopened boxes. My son finds the cutouts and we are ready to roll out the dough as I did as a child. The second round is decorating with chocolate frosting, sprinkles, and coconut. Off to sleep because we have to be ready for the Easter egg hunt at my two granddaugthers' house tomorrow morning. 

We hippity-hop,
getting ready
for little bunnies
to take a bit.
©CV, 2021

Easter Morning

The house awakens to a bright Easter morning. Sounds of "Alleluia" float out from the virtual church service. In the hustle-bustle of getting ready for the Easter egg hunt, I forget my iPhone, Quick return to the house. With the speed of a bunny rabbit, we arrive on time. "Happy Easter, everyone." No return greeting but then, my granddaughter comes down the stairs with news. "Baby got paint all over her dress and her body." We wait patiently. Down the stairs comes the little one with her a muted-colored dress spotted with what looks like a tie dye pattern. Hands are blue and smile is sweet. The Easter Egg hunt begins with a new generation of siblings.


Egg Hunt

Eager
little Girl
Giggles as she

Hunts
Under bushes for colored eggs -
Never
Tripping this year

©CV, 2021


Post-Easter 

Surprise. I wake to see my beautiful fern plants a strange shade of brown. Oh, no, it's the change of temperature. Back to unpacking and organizing.  Evening run back to the nursery for an exchange for a vibrant and thriving pair of ferns. Head is spinning from the to-do list that never lessens, only grows in stature.

Easter joy
warmly received,
Slightly dimmed by life's tasks.
Be glad for blessings!
©CV, 2021

It's National Poetry Month. Thank you for joining me as I continue the saga of my life move.

Offering this slice of life to Two Writing Teachers.

12 comments:

  1. This line captures much of the escapade of the morning, "Hands are blue and smile is sweet." I can imagine that it wasn't all smiles between the initial pain encounter and the appearance on the stairs!

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  2. So much joy in all these images, Carol - in prose, poem, photos. The paint on the Easter dress and little blue hands - so vivid! That telling line, "never tripping this year" - your little ones are growing. Time goes so fast. I sense your savoring of these so-precious moments and am glad you are close by to have many more of them. The Easter cookies are amazing! Soon the burdensome task of moving and settling will be done...kudos to making the magic happen out of the boxes!

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  3. These are slices in slices all woven together. I love the smells and images your words create! The feeling of gratitude and blessings shines throughout! Happy Happy Easter to you and your family!

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  4. I love the combination of poems, pictures and narrative here - all giving me an insiders view of your joyful Easter! I too can picture those egg dyed hands - bringing smiles to all!

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  5. I loved the "Easter Egg" in your egg hunt poem, those letters cleverly hiding in the descriptive lines. Your Easter sounds hectic but blessed!

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  6. Carol, I love the before, during, and after format of this. You capture the pure joy, excitement, and hecticness of each day. The joy of the season is spread out over several days. Easter is a time to spend with family. So glad you got to spend it with yours.

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  7. Carol, I love the before, during, and after format of this. You capture the pure joy, excitement, and hecticness of each day. The joy of the season is spread out over several days. Easter is a time to spend with family. So glad you got to spend it with yours.

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    1. Bob, I am so joyful that I got to spend Easter with my little ones. Tonight, as we traveled to return a few things, we got an unexpected phone call from my daughter. My little grandgirks were on Google Duo. The older one wanted to talk and the little one wanted to wave hello. We spent a few joyful moments with them and the thought of that video call brought me such joy.

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  8. You pass your joy onto us with your recounting of your Easter festivities. It was wonderful to see and hear your words of the joy you see through your grandchildren's eyes. I think it's great that you paused your unpacking to bake with your family! What a nice tradition!

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  9. A wonderful format and capturing of moments. The old saying of "a picture is worth a thousand words," rings hollow when you think about capturing the emotions and moments in the way you have here. I love how you captured the history in your family in this moment. When you said "I pause to breathe in the aromatic smells of spices and dough from my past," I was right there with you. What a gift. Best of luck in your new transitions - it sounds like you are off to a terrific start.

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  10. Carol, thank you for sharing your Easter joy. In the beginning, I loved hearing about your history, tradition of baking cookies, and how your are passing on the tradition to your granddaughters. This line "breathe in the aromatic smells of spices and dough" brought into your kitchen. "Baby got paint all over her dress and her body.", "dress spotted with what looks like a tie dye pattern. Hands are blue and smile is sweet." and photos brought me to your Easter egg hunt. Thank you for sharing your words, your photos, and your poems. You have spread your joy to me. I am happy for you that you live close to your granddaughters now and you are creating all these beautiful memories.

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