True story: my Orthodox Jewish bubbie used to buy me milk chocolate Easter bunnies every year. You remember the ones? With the yellow candy eyes, hollow in the center. Yum. And, my Reform Jewish mother bought me a carton of chocolate eggs every Easter to enjoy with my Passover matzo. In high school, she would buy me those decadent Cadbury eggs with the gooey innards. Mixed messages? Maybe.
But this isn't why I'm a bad Jew. I'm a bad Jew because I spaced out on Passover completely this year. It began on Tuesday. I realized this on Good Friday. I also refuse to give up bread, eat matzo, or have my kids dip their spoons in grape juice to count off plagues (this is part of the Passover Seder service, in case you didn't know). Fun plagues like "locusts" and "frogs" and "slaying of the first born." It's brutal. Last night my daughter asked me how you celebrate Passover, forgetting that she has attended seders in past years. I felt like a cad, like my late mother was wagging her finger at me for this failure. Bad Jew. Bad bad Jew.
That said, most Christian traditions have become pretty secular. This week, my son attended a field trip to the PUBLIC library where they did Easter egg crafts and heard stories about bunnies and eggs; my son told me how his PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER told his class about the resurrection (not in a you should believe this way, I think) and gave her students a sight word egg hunt. Oh and the Darth Vader eggs we found at Target. Yeah, I don't think Jesus had those.
At any rate, we are going to have a peaceful Easter Sunday, not attending church, not eating matzo, probably playing Wii and putting away lots of laundry. Whatever you do, whatever you celebrate or don't, enjoy this peaceful Sunday. I think spring has finally arrived.
|Behold the secular humanist spring basket of The Force|