Thursday, April 21, 2011
Here Comes Peter Cottontale
I usually got a new dress,underpinnings, and shoes. And of course, we always got a new Easter basket and tons of candy. My sister and I would dye Easter eggs at home or with my Granny. She was the best at dyeing eggs because she was patient. Of course, she had to be since she raised eight children including my mother.
Some of my very best memories with my cousins were Easter egg hunts (The others mostly involve Shiloh but that is a blog for another day!). We always had a ton of eggs that my daddy and Uncle Shorty hid. I can still remember the excitement of being sequestered in the living room with all the curtains pulled closed so that we couldn't sneak a peek. My Aunt Linda Gail had the dubious honor of wrangling us all into the room and keeping us there. My paw-paw always hid the prize eggs. These were the only plastic eggs that were allowed. There was a $20.00 egg, a $10.00 egg and a $5.00 one.
I think he always told my cousin Greg where the big bucks were since Greg was his favorite and most years Greg found a money egg. We had the rule that you could only find one prize egg so if someone spotted a second one they would always get a favorite cousin to share the wealth with. Oddly enough, I don't think anyone ever thought to share with a sibling! There was also some sort of prize for the person who found the most eggs but it was usually some little treat like more chocolate bunnies so the competition was all for the prize eggs. By now most of you know that I am a little bit competitive. I believe that I got this gene from my father's side of the genetic pool because several of my cousins and I would do just about anything to beat out the others to find the money eggs. One year my cousin Chris managed to find all three of the eggs and would only share with the boy cousins. Let me tell you it was a LONG time before he got to eat anything from my Easy-Bake oven again! Another year the youngest grandchild found the big money and it about killed some of us. We still believe there was no way she stumbled onto that big money, what with our years of experience. I am SURE my paw-paw set that up too!
What are some of your Easter memories?