An excellent morning at St Paul's remembering Jesus rising from the dead, death and hell defeated and the potential for life, real life, everlasting given to us. That said while we struggled through a couple of unknown songs, still unknown to me I must say, such songs reveal the lack of formality at this church, a friendly place that is informaly formal. The most moving time was the kids search for hidden Easter Eggs. That lasted about 35 seconds! These were the 'Real Easter Eggs' produced to show the real meaning of Easter, you possibly didn't see them in the shops as while some like Tesco stock them they are usually hidden away. Sainsburys neither stocks them or speaks about why though I am told they do Halal chocolate. I wonder if this is true, you know how tabloids lie to the readers.
One miracle was waking tired and dizzy, unsure whether to go out or not. Just before time I did rally and made it OK though I felt a bit faint early on. However when I got home I realised I felt better than I had done for days and walked home quicker than ever having made sure I spoke to all the pretty girls first before leaving.
While I took a handful of small eggs with me for the kids I myself received nil in reply! Now I am not one to complain but I gave one to the pretty girls at work, small ones to the kids and my chocolate addiction continues, though sparingly at the moment as I have none to eat.
Painted and decorated eggs go back a long way, some have been found in Africa dating to 60,000 years ago and the peoples of Mesopotamia and Egypt also saw eggs as a symbol of death and rebirth. Some think Christians in Mesopotamia picked up the idea of painted eggs from Persia and later through the Orthodox Church it spread into Serbia and Russia and thence to Rome where it was adopted as normal practice. On occasions symbolic colour is used but today the only symbol we note is the price of the egg.
When we were young no eggs existed, sugar rationing did not end until 1954 I think and chocolate egg sales were slow to develop at a time when cash was short. We did however paint hard boiled eggs and roll them down hills in the local park, though why we did this remains a mystery! These were then scoffed and probably passed off as lunch! Times were hard.
I suppose the eggs found today have gone already. Few will remain until tomorrow and then the kids will be threatened by a dentist visit! Oh joy!