Pretty traditional, right? Well, I don’t do it that way now. The family gathers for Easter dinner at Table Rock State Park which is only a few miles from my house. The park was built in the 1930’s by the Civilian Conservation Corp. It has a beautiful little lake with picnic tables all around it. You can take out paddle boats or canoes, or you can hike up the nature trail.
We don’t assign dishes to bring. Every family just brings what they want to. It’s interesting to note that almost everyone always brings the same thing. My specialty is fried chicken, chocolate cake, potato chips, and pimento cheese sandwiches. (You may not know about pimento cheese. It’s a Southern delicacy.)
My cousin always brings deviled eggs, some type of pie, and ham. My stepsister brings turkey sandwiches and potato salad. My son brings macaroni and cheese. Other people contribute too. We always have lots more food than we can eat.
Why did we do this? Because nobody has to clean up their house, and we can enjoy the beauty of spring in the South. Occasionally, the weather is bad, but most of the time it’s a joy to be outside. The children can hunt eggs just as well at Table Rock as they can at home, and the park has a super nice playground. My grandson likes to go to the nature center. They have live snakes in cages. The attendants won’t let him pet the snakes, but they do have a snakeskin that he can touch.
Personally, I’d rather walk up the nature trail. If you want, you can hike all the way to the top of the mountain, but that takes several hours. I like to stop beside a beautiful little pool at the base of a waterfall. Trees encircle the pool and arch over it. It looks like something from a Hollywood set, the kind of thing that’s too wonderful to be real.
If you do continue up the trail, prepare for a hard climb. After that, prepare to be amazed. The view is something that only eagles usually get to see.
So, what does Easter mean to me? Of course, it’s a day for connecting with my family, but more than that, it’s a celebration of the resurrection of Christ which is one of the fundamental teachings of Christianity. The eggs, rabbits, and dinners are just ways to honor God.
If you’ve never tried a picnic for Easter, give it a shot. I think you’ll like it.
Elaine, thank you for sharing memories of Easters celebrated as a child. I remember the days of Easter dresses and egg hunts and chocolate bunnies. I do like your new tradition of an Easter picnic.
1. I’m obsessed with blue diamonds.
2. I waste a lot of time on Pinterest.
3. I’ve lost all perspective about my dog. I bought him a cheeseburger at McDonald’s the other day.
4. I love turquoise and pink.
5. If I could visit anywhere in the world, I’d go to Greece or Russia.
What’s your favorite novel?
That’s like asking a mother to name her favorite child. I’ve been a reader since I was just a child, so I have a lot of favorites. But if I have to pick just one, I’d say Gone With The Wind. Margaret Mitchell did a super job with that book. No matter how many times I read it I usually find something new to marvel about.
I know the feeling...I have so many favorites. What was the happiest moment in your childhood?
Again, this is very hard because by and large I did have a happy childhood. I suppose one of the best memories is the Christmas my parents gave me a horse for Christmas. I’d been horse crazy for years, and when I was eleven, they finally broke down and got me one. She was so beautiful! Do you know what a palomino looks like? She had a golden coat with a white mane and tail. I spent many happy hours riding and working with that animal.
What a wonderful gift. Thanks for sharing that happy memory.
For a hundred years the little church called Saved By Grace pointed the way to Heaven for its congregation.
Then, Clint Hayes stopped in the parking lot one night to throw away a beer bottle and have a cigarette. It made him cough so he threw it away too, right into the azalea bed near the front door. The building was a total loss.
Aided by a fingerprint on the beer bottle, the authorities arrested Hayes for arson, but it soon became apparent he hadn’t meant to burn the church. Everyone expected him to spend a few months in jail, but the judge had a better idea.
He sentenced Clint to six months under the care of Rev. Neal Amos, the pastor of Saved By Grace. Amos’s daughter Rachel isn’t happy about this turn of events. Why didn’t her father let this criminal go to jail? That’s what he deserved.
But as Rachel gets to know Clint, she finds herself falling for a man with no education, family, or faith. And he’s falling for her too. There’s no way this can have a happy ending. Right?
Definitely going on my TBR list. Where can readers find your book online?
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Elaine, thank you so much for guesting today. I had fun chatting with you and hearing your happy memories of Easter and your childhood.
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