Typically on Friday’s I do #FuzzyFridays. We celebrate the end of the workweek and the coming of the weekend with fun drink recipes. Well, I thought today I’d be OP and share a bit about my life and what’s going on in my world… because it was a CRAZY day, and I want to be keepin it real, and it’s pretty cool for me to share.
Most of you know, I’m Greek and love my heritage, so proud of it, as crazy and as wild as us Greeks can be or get (or controversial in the news at times!), it makes us who we are. You KNOW it when you meet us. We have this zest for life, no? #onpurpose #passion That’s me.
So. Back to Thursday.
- * Kids have no school. Parent-Teacher conferences. With the kids.
- * Feed them (duh, my duties as a momma bear).
- * Haircut at 1:15
- * Soccer practice, leave at 4:15 for M
- * Evening of the Arts, have K at school by 6 for singing performance
- … and somewhere in there, paint Easter eggs red.. because THIS weekend is my Easter.
What? Yup. Because Orthodox means “unchanged” or “original”, back in the day, when it really happened, it happened AFTER Jewish passover. So, we follow the old calendar and celebrate AFTER Jewish passover. Makes sense, right?
Now why red eggs? Here’s the official explanation:
“In the Orthodox and Eastern Catholic Churches, Easter eggs are dyed red to represent the blood of Christ, shed on the Cross, and the hard shell of the egg symbolized the sealed Tomb of Christ — the cracking of which symbolized his resurrection from the dead. The egg is seen by followers of Christianity as a symbol of resurrection: while being dormant it contains a new life sealed within it.” – via Wikipedia
So in between all these things, I got the eggs going, meaning boiling them in the morning AND while we were at school. Ya. Bad idea. But I did it. Left the stove on low and prayed for the best. Crazy huh? Zoom home after grabbing lunch and get to dye-ing, teaching my daughter (and son, kinda as a by standard) how this all happens and how I do it. You see normally, they are at school when I do this. But this year, they were lucky enough to be with me. So we had fun doing it. Lil man was our photographer, and in traditional style of how we roll, miss M says to me, “put on some tunes and let’s jam out!” So that’s what we did and lil man captured it on film…
I was going to be late for my hair so she finished polishing off the eggs. The coolest thing about all of this was this…
“Mom, now I know how to do this when I grow up and get married and have my family!” .. priceless. #OnPurpose. It was in that moment that I said, ahhhhhh! I MUST share this …
Because even though I love the yummy cocktails and fabulous bags and fun outfits and beautiful homes and awesome lipsticks, and those things make us feel great, there’s no greater feeling then when as a parent you see a lightbulb come on with your babes or you know you’ve made some kind of difference in their lives.
This was one of those times.
Because remember… they’re always at school when mommy does this. They come home to red eggs. Not today. #OnPurpose #lifelessons
By the way, the handsome little photographer needs some credit in this too… Here he is as he was doing some homework, wearing his “thinking cap” (it’s a “brain” he made at school and he loves to wear it.. so I call it his thinking cap. Yup. this is how we roll…).
So, as I strayed today from my typical “series” that I normally share, I thought this was much more meaningful and more about what REALLY matters in the big scheme of things, no? Feel good, family, love, teaching our kids things that are meaningful, and love.
HERE is a great article about the Greek Orthodox Easter Traditions you might enjoy. Just so you know, the 14 year old finished the eggs off, her first time, and I had to pull them out of the dye sooner than I would have liked because I was getting late for my haircut! .. it’s a juggling act! They turned out pretty good!
Now… time for church, church and more church… amidst soccer and field hockey this weekend! #mylife