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Library Happenings – Book stirs up past memories of Easter (March 25, 2015 issue)

When March draws near to April and Easter is on the horizon, I tend to think about chocolate, of course, but also about eggs. This year my memories started to flow as I cataloged “Scorched Eggs,” our latest Cackleberry Club mystery from Laura Childs. Suzanne Dietz and her partners Petra and Toni run the Cackleberry Club café in the small Midwestern town of Kindred.
You might think preparing and serving three meals a day would keep them busy, but somehow they still have time to investigate a fire at a county office that killed civil servant Hannah Venable. It seems the fire was arson, but did the perpetrator intend Hannah to be a victim?
My mind quickly covered the distance between “Scorched Eggs” and Easter eggs. My brothers and I used to dye eggs each year, and I loved the brilliant reds and purples. Nevertheless, the most memorable eggs of my childhood were white. When I was in first grade, we were asked to bring a half dozen Easter eggs to school for the class party. We could have just dyed them, but Mama wanted my eggs to be special.
She painted faces on each egg and cut straight and floppy rabbit ears out of pink and white construction paper. To give the “bunnies” more poise and personality, she gave each one a collar to hold it upright. The girls had necklaces and the boys had big bowties.
Most of the eggs the other kids brought were cracked by the time my classmates got to school. My eggs, on the other hand, had been carefully packed. Mama had put too much time and effort into them to have them spoiled on the bus ride. When they were unveiled in class, they created a sensation. I was so proud of my “plain” white Easter eggs.
Those eggs are just memories, but I still have Easter eggs that were decorated by one of my German friends. She did not boil her eggs, but very carefully punched small holes into each end of the egg, pierced the yolk and blew the scrambled contents out of the shell. She thoroughly rinsed the eggshells with running water, and then painted them with acrylics.
Her simple, colorful designs, incorporating chicks, bunnies and spring flowers were the same ones she had used as a schoolgirl in Germany. These eggs have survived amazingly well. Thirty-two years ago, I started with two dozen, and several moves later, I still have nineteen.
Story Time
Decorating and hunting eggs is still an important part of Easter celebrations. Our regular Wednesday story time on April 1 will include opportunities for kids to dye eggs and to hunt them. Since this could be a messy—but fun–activity, be sure to dress kids in washable play clothes and not in their Easter best. Please call 743-6533, for more information about any of our programs.