Tuesday, April 3, 2012

an army for easter

our days are so busy, i'm finding it so hard to stay focused on a single task.

also, i've not been feeling my knitting mojo of late, so i thought i'd get on to a confidence-boosting project.

i'm knitting a small army of ducks and bunnies for the littles in my life - which includes but is not limited to my own children.

i have no idea what ducks and bunnies have to do with easter. i understand the symbolism attached to the fertility associated with spring, etc. but i never did get it. i grew up observing lent and going to mass. easter was a reprieve from 40 days of sadness, solemnity, and sacrifice. now that i don't so much do that any more,  i'm not quite sure what to tell my kids about easter: why in the world we take the time decorate, and then hunt for eggs. 

and i really don't feel like going in for the commercialism associated with clucking bunnies. even though i am likely to be consuming - and distributing the requisite chocolatey goodness in various forms of bunnies and eggs (my family needs no reason to consume chocolate - ever) - i never did believe in the easter bunny.

so i return to the needles. i'm hoping for some epiphany in positioning to sprout up as i procrastinate on the house cleaning. 

if you've got any ideas, i'm knitting quite a few bunny ears. as many as my scrap yarn will let me, anyway. shoot: what do you tell your kids about easter? 


  1. i have the same problem with easter...and christmas for that matter. we tend to oscliate back and forth on the whole thing. we explain the reason for the holiday - although we don't attend church - almost like anthropologists really. last year we did observe lent in a humanist kind of way. each child chose something to give up (french fries, fast food, etc) as did we, to learn about sacrifice and priveledge, etc. also, last christmas we went to a fantastic christmas story pagent at a local church. i figure if they want the gift they better learn the "reason for the season".

    for me the holidays are rather consumer and empty without the faith behind them which we don't have. i enjoy the family gathering, but yes, they are empty.

    personally, i guess the original pagan observation of seasons appeals to me most but the extended family would see me as quite batty i expect! lol

    if you come up with a solution to this one, please share. we're as lost as you. lol

  2. lol i loved reading this and have been meaning to respond for nearly a week now! as you may have read, i think i am at peace with my "epiphany." celebrating the seasons makes sense... but our family histories are entrenched with religious tradition that still hold true today. i can't cast them aside as i can't cast aside the reasons i have let them go. therein lies the real conundrum for me.

    but very cool that your family has explored the "reason for the season." i think it's the best way to discover your families' own traditions. this is what happens when we throw out the proverbial rule book, isn't it? we make it up as we go along, keep what we like, let go of what we don't.

    how was your easter?