Spring officially sprung nearly a month ago. For me, though, spring doesn't truly arrive until Easter weekend. That's just a few short days away.
There's something about Easter, besides the religious connotation of new life bursting forth, that signals a fresh beginning. I don't know if it's seeing all the finery people wear as they head off to church Easter morning, or the afternoon gatherings that are usually the first official outdoors get-together of the year, or just the vibrant colors of mid-April that make me begin to shake off the doldrums of winter. Whatever the reason, Easter makes me feel alive....and for myself, that means spring is officially here.
For me, the last four or five Easter Sundays have meant a trip to Aunt Deb's home in Yakima. The matriarch of my wife's side of the family, Aunt Deb is ever the gracious hostess, opening her beautiful home and picturesque grounds to all who care to enjoy an afternoon of pleasantry, good conversation and fine dining.
Memories from 9, 10 and 11 years ago are filled with a giggling, rambunctious, adorable, little girl (my granddaughter), searching out eggs and chocolate treats in the back yard of my home...properly attired each Easter with a dazzling, new outfit.
Such memories are common to many people in these parts, especially with the numerous Easter egg hunts that are staged here in the Lower Valley. This coming Saturday, for example, marks the ninth anniversary that the Darigold Dairy Fair store in Sunnyside is putting on its gigantic egg and candy hunt for any and all youngsters who care to participate. Numerous families have this event circled on their calendars, and like past years, Saturday's fun will begin at 10 a.m.
The Sunnyside Recreation Department will also be putting on its egg and candy hunt this coming Saturday, with help again from the Sunnyside Food Pavilion. The fun is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. at South Hill Park with an arts and crafts program, to be followed at 9:30 a.m. by the hunt, itself.
The communities of Grandview, Granger and Mabton, too, have arranged for similar Easter egg hunts this Saturday.
Whatever your choice this Easter weekend, spend it with family. Recognize that the resurrection of Christ can be the springboard to new beginnings. Look around you, life is springing up everywhere.
Spring has sprung!