Every Easter I think about an Old Italian saying; Natale coi tuoi, Pasqua con chi vuoi.
It translates to Celebrate Christmas with family, and Easter with whoever you want.
It fits particularly well in regard to this past Sunday, it was Easter and April Fools ‘Day.
And I found myself alone. The kids had all scattered to different corners of the United States to visit with friends, lovers, whoever they wanted. They did call to wish me a Happy Easter, and that was fine. I couldn’t help but think of growing up in Italy, Catholicism being the only game in town, Easter was a very important celebration. And we didn’t have any egg hunts. We exchanged chocolate eggs, wrapped in colorful papers. All eggs came with a small ‘surprise’ inside. The value of the surprise was directly based on the price of the chocolate egg.
Then there were the creative types, who inserted their own surprise, like engagements rings or other jewelry. But the main event was always lunch. And since we were allowed to spend Easter with whoever we wanted, we usually all found ourselves at Nonna’s house.
She always served the best food!!!!