Friday, March 21, 2008

Easter Traditions

I love the joy of Easter Sunday. I love the new spirit of life within the church, the new blades of grass poking through the dead stalks, and the new smell of the earth as the spring sun overpowers the chill of winter.

I'm not so fond of some of the traditions associated with Easter. I have philosophical issues with some of the cultural expectations of Easter, and I have practical issues with others, such as dyeing eggs.

Despite my inner grumblings at making a disaster out of my kitchen and staining all the kids' hands with dye for the next week, I dutifully boiled three dozen eggs and doled them out for the children to decorate today.

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The little one dove right in to the process. I was beginning to think that my fears were unfounded. They kids were using the tools provided and were not making a mess at all.

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The fussy child, in fact, barely got a fingertip wet during the entire process.


There were a few drips, but nothing catastrophic. . . until I turned my back for a split second.

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The two-year-old began diving elbow-deep in dye. See those hands? Permanently purple. But that was the least of my problems.


While she was diving into the dye, she managed to knock over a cup and flood the table, including the paint tray that her siblings were so carefully using.


The paint was washed out, and the fussy child was left with a naked egg.


We banished her to the sink to soak her stained hands. She only spilled a gallon or two on the floor.

Meanwhile, the other kids made do with the remaining dye. While I watched them, I was struck by how their eggs mirrored their disparate personalities.

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The oldest child used muted colors and a variety of techniques.


The mess maker youngest child had the most vibrant colored eggs.


The princess had feminine eggs adorned with hearts, stickers, and a pink undertone on each egg.


The fussy child managed to color half of his eggs in the time it took the others to dye their eggs, wash up, have a snack, and play for half an hour. He would still be there, painstakingly applying colors, if his little sister hadn't threatened to finish the job for him.

I'd like to say it was a fun-filled family afternoon in which I patiently instructed the children on the egg's symbolic significance within the Resurrection. Unfortunately, I must confess that I began pulling my hair out and pounding my head against the wall lost my patience somewhere between the spilling of the dye and the seventh time that someone dropped an egg and cried.

The result of my long day of family fun? Eight stained hands, one freshly bleached tablecloth, one ruined shirt, and three dozen brightly colored eggs that no one wants me to crack open and eat. Ahhh, traditions.


Traci said...

I love these pictures. Sometimes it is such a mess for us moms, but the memories it gives our children are priceless!

Treasia said...

I miss doing the whole Easter Egg traditions. My children are older now and have outgrown this. Enjoy it for it passes ever too quickly.

Frazzled Farm Wife said...

I miss dying Easter eggs with my kids! I didn't like the mess either but loved looking at their finished projects and the looks of joy on their faces! Enjoy them while they are young...which I know can be hard at times...they grow up sooooo fast!

Love the pictures of them!

Andrea said...

Looks like fun!! I get trash bags out and tape them down onto my table so the spills won't go everywere. My kids love to die Easter Eggs. It is a bit stressful though!! :)

BoufMom9 said...

I just LOVE your pictures! Your camera is just wonderful, not to mention how great the photographer is. :)
Now, I wanted to say, I JUST posted tonite on my blog and asked who seriously does eggs with a paint brush and now I know. LOL
I was not adventurous enough to do it with all 9 of mine. LOL

The Dairy Wife said...

You are a brave Mom! I just couldn't bring myself to do it ... now I feel like a bad Mommy. Maybe next week, or the week after.

Who says you have to color Easter Eggs at Easter! lol.


Anonymous said...

Loved the pictures.. The kids really looked like they were having fun and I love their eggs..

Only one of mine still enjoys dying easter eggs.. She had a great time and ended up dying 18 eggs.. Luckly she doesn't mind us eating them..


Anonymous said...

So fun! I love that their personalities were reflected in the eggs. I actually picked up a post-Easter on sale egg dyeing kit for next year, hoping my 1 1/2 year old will be game. If she's not, her mama will be!

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