The holidays have changed for me in recent years with having only one daughter at home and she is in high school. I remember the days when Easter baskets were a huge deal in the morning and an egg hunt after church. We only did one of those three this year. I began to think of how I will deal when I become a true “empty nester”, it will probably look similar to this past holiday. I will recap a semi empty nesters Easter holiday as she adjusts to the change.
The day began with a leisurely run along the East River at my favorite park and it happens to be the closest to our home, East River Promenade / Carl Schurz Park. This park is lovely all the time but especially pretty in the mornings.
We are Catholic and although we did not attend all portions of the Triduum this year it was important that we celebrate mass with all of its fare. We got ready in our Sunday best outfit for the warm weather we had and waited in line to enter at the church. In usual fashion it was lovely.
The we headed to brunch in the neighborhood at Atlantic Grill with a friend. Super busy as expected but amazing to spend the time together to laugh and catch up. We even left with a treat for later from our friend.
While I miss having the entire family together it is still a day of renewal, family, and emotion. Our traditions have changed and I am sure they will continue to change over the years. I look forward to Easter each year for so many reasons, but most of all the feeling of new and refreshed.