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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

My Sincere Salutations to Spring!

With the arrival of Spring comes many new opportunities for our family. The thing about opportunity is that you have to make sure that you take advantage of it. The Great Goddess may put many great things right there in front of you, waiting for you to do your part and go for it, but if you are blind to them, they were merely opportunities missed. I truly believe that we see things when we are ready to see them. We are given some opportunities multiple times, but we may have only noticed them the third time around. I am banking on the thought that I am witnessing so many opportunities now because I am ready to take advantage of them, ready to make them successes.

Completely unrelated to that thought, funny thing. At work, our local YMCA (it is a Christian Association for a reason), there were so many people talking about Easter and how they celebrate it. There is an Indian woman (fresh from India, 2 years ago) that was wondering what the meaning of the eggs and such were. One of the mothers replied that the egg symbolizes the rebirth of Christ. Then the woman nodded and said, "What about the bunny?" The other woman had no idea. I chose this time to chime in with something along the lines of, "Since Easter is based on a Pagan celebration for Spring that predates Christianity, the rabbit and egg symbolize fertility." I added in some other non-specific info, so as to not give myself away, but the women were both like "Wow! I never knew that!" That felt good.

I celebrated Ostara with my coven, as you may already know. But I still chose to celebrate Easter with my family. This is how we did it: The night before I was cutting out about 50 stickers and making trinkets out of yarn and filling plastic eggs with this stuff. About 32 eggs in all, for my two and a half year old daughter. We hid them all over the house that night. We woke up early in the morning to find them. I gave her an old wicker basket that had been kicking around the house, decorated with pink ribbon and a pretty piece of sheer pink fabric on the bottom. After the egg hunt we planted our seeds in our makeshift containers (ie: egg cartons, milk jug, tin can, shoe box, mushroom container). We cleaned up and made a picnic lunch and headed to a local park. After lunch we walked around the park discovering flowers and streams. My husband said, "I can honestly say that I have never had an Easter dinner like that!" I loved it. A true celebration of spring, with out commercial holiday extras, no candy. Perfect.

I feel a very busy time in my life approaching in these next few weeks. Please know that I haven't quit blogging (in the event of a large gap), just trying to take advantage of all of the opportunities the Great Goddess has placed out for us.

Blessings of Spring to All!!


Anonymous said...

I love your bonnets! I wanted to find one for this year but ran out of time. Blessings to you! Found you via mrs b.

Hoi Sum said...

Blessed spring to you too Iris! I have had similar situations where I got to fill in some people on where the easter eggs and bunnies actually come from :-). Enjoy the spring weather-I know I certainly am!