|Cindy in her Easter dress.....|
I also remember my Grandmother coming down and my Uncle Billy for Easter dinner. Ham and deviled eggs, mashed potatoes and gravy and an array of veggies and a jello salad. It always ended with homemade pies, my grandmother and mom were the best pie bakers!!!!
I also remember having Easter Egg Hunts outside in our forest of trees. We dressed up for the day in our pretty frilly dresses. I can't imagine we wore those dresses very long or even putting them on after that Easter. We didn't go to fancy places or even to church. A strange custom as I look back on it now.
|Whitey our Easter Bunny......|
This spring I took my girls back to the home I was raised. They never remembered being there. I tried painting a picture for them about where our tree house was, pointed to a place in the trees that the chicken houses sat. And told them where the rabbit cages were. Their biggest shock was the fact that we had an outhouse!!!
I think of my grandmother today, all the changes she must have seen in her life time. She lived and raised a family during the depression, it was a hard time. To have a convenience of indoor plumbing must have been major. My children can't imagine running to the outhouse on a cold winter day! They are shocked by this and look at me like I'm really old. I haven't felt old, until that moment, when they looked at me with such disbelief.
|Thelma Gladys Coak, Rankin|
I remember the pantry we kept along the cool outside wall of our kitchen. All of our canned tomatoes, green beans, peaches and apple sauce were kept there. I didn't even mention blackberry and raspberry picking and making jellies and jams. When winter came we were prepared with the summer harvest.
So I am meandering again......... going from Easter to summer gardens and surviving when times were hard and money was earned in many different ways. It brings me back to my Easter bunnies, they weren't just a gift for me to play with, they also had their job in the big scheme of life during the time I grew up.