Some of my favorite memories are the times my family and assorted relatives gathered around the dining room table. It may have been at our old house, our new house, Grandma's old house, her new condo, the cousins' house or others. It didn't matter where as long as we gathered in one of the oldest traditions, the family meal. The best of these are the holiday family meal. This year we are gathering at my middle son's house with my daughter-in-law and our grandchildren. It will be full of laughs, trying to remember who is the pickle person, and giving thanks for our wonderful Easter celebration.
When my family was young, my husband and I were both somewhat traditional in our thinking and even when the kids were small, we made a big deal of dinner and other meals. When all three kids flew here and there for baseball games and ate a lot of hot dogs, Larry made sure that we had at least the majority of the days with a sit down, "how are you doing?" sort of meal. And my kids have responded. They probably would have done so without our example. I am almost a non-cook and my husband has raised three very good cooks who have spouses who cook. It truly is a family gathering point.
And so this Easter, I am happy to be remembering all of the lovely times we have spent together over the various holidays and not so fancy days as well.
The same son's family and I will be sharing a church service together on Sunday. It will help us all appreciate the true meaning of Easter or Resurrection Sunday. Jesus is the reason for this season, too. May you all have a blessed Easter and those of you who have vacations, enjoy them!