Chocolate and Bunnies and Eggs, Oh Why?
Another Easter has come and gone. While various groups celebrate the holiday with thankfulness many, including Christians, add a few other elements.
Last week, I pondered the spiritual aspects of Easter in preparation for this past Sunday. Here are a few of those “other elements” that came to mind spurred by the thought process of a six-year-old grandson. I will hold that conversation until the end of this article.
My grandson and I can’t be the only ones who wonder how the symbols we associate with the secular side of Easter came to us. Here is a brief summary, according to so-called experts. Take it with a grain of salt, or a bar of chocolate. Preferably in the shape of a bunny. Or an egg.
Eggs: Although there is no true biblical connection, there are theories that Christians and church leaders may have abstained from eating eggs during the week before Easter. Therefore, any eggs laid that week were saved, decorated, and referred to as “Holy Week Eggs” that were then given to children as gifts. Early Christians frequently painted them red to symbolize the blood of Christ.
As eggs were often a more plentiful food source for the poor, villagers would sometimes give them as gifts to their overseers and lords.
History notes that Queen Victoria popularized the German tradition of Easter egg hunts by coloring the eggs and introducing them to her own children as gifts. This became a Maundy Thursday custom. Victorians are also credited with inventing satin covered eggs filled with gifts.
Bunnies: Some tell the story of how 17th century German settlers in Pennsylvania carried the legend with them of an Easter Bunny who brought painted eggs and gifts to the children. One legend says that the Easter Bunny also lays the eggs, decorates them and then hides them.
Bunnies, laying, painting and delivering eggs. Sounds crazy, huh? But the furry critters don’t do it alone. Traditions in other countries hold that a cuckoo or a fox delivers the eggs. I’ll take the bunny theory.
Side note, Cadbury was the first company to make molded chocolate eggs. Which brings us to . . . Chocolate!: Well, it’s chocolate. Do we really need the history as it pertains to Easter? Or a reason to consume it? My research says that folks were just looking for another reason to eat the tasty treat.
And now the conversation with my grandson that you’ve all been waiting for. Keep in mind, six-year olds have a tendency to overuse the word "but."
Him: “Do rabbits lay eggs?”
Me: “Ummm . . . I don’t believe they do.”
Him: “But then where do the bunnies get them?”
Me: “Where have you seen bunnies with eggs?”
Him: “They’re all over the place cause it’s Easter.”
Me: “Oh. Right. Well I suppose a rabbit could get eggs from chickens like we do.”
Him: “But, that doesn’t sound right. Aren’t chickens afraid of rabbits? Or maybe rabbits are afraid of chickens. But what about chocolate?”
Me: “What about chocolate?”
Him: “Why do we have chocolate eggs and chocolate bunnies at Easter and not all the time?”
Me: “I guess bunnies and eggs are popular symbols at Easter, so companies make chocolate candy in those shapes.”
Him: “But what’s a symbol?”
Me: (What I actually said) “It’s a mark, or a sign, that represents an idea, words or another object.”
Him: (What he heard) “Presents? But I like presents. I’m going to draw a symbol that means presents.
Insert two seconds of silence here. I take a breath and hope the questions are done. Nope.
Him: “But I like to color eggs, too. But why do we only color eggs when it’s Easter?”
Me: “Because Easter is in the spring and the bright colors of the eggs are like new flowers that bloom to remind us that winter is over.”
Him: “But did Jesus eat chocolate bunnies and make colored eggs in the spring?”
Me: “You look hungry. Eat your chocolate bunny.”
Historians will record 2018 as the second year in a row of a balanced budget for Union County; likely the most significant legislative accomplishment of the County Commission in a generation. Union County’s budget is one of the most important pieces of public policy the Commission enacts every year.
My husband's widowed mother married her former brother-in-law in our living room. Uncle Charlie had hurt his leg putting down our well on the property of what was to be our new home, closer to my husband's work. The minister said it wasn't written anywhere that you had to stand to be married. We were all seated.
Back to the well. The water table was high at the new place. We didn't need to drill a well, Uncle Charlie said. He would help us pound down a well. It was cheaper to do than drilling a well. The three of us could do it.
Some spices I am privileged to experience from the side line.
That spring evening, my daughter Sara’s softball team was playing the number one, undefeated team in their league. The other team were all 12 years old whereas Sara’s teammates were barely 10. We went in with no illusions of victory. If we were lucky, we may get one run.
At the top of the third inning, Sara went up to bat. At this point, none of ours girls had made it to first base, which was no surprise. At least they looked cute in their red, white, and blue outfits.
The pitcher threw. Sara swung.
I remember when I worked full time in a sewing factory. My mind would wander while sewing. After you do the same stitching over and over, it doesn't take all your attention to do the job. My mind would wander to wondering what I would fix for supper that evening. My kids were in the lower grades in school and came home about the same time I did. They had a long bus ride.
When you run across a snake, their normal reaction is to get away. But if they feel threatened enough all snakes will bite defensibly. If you are bitten, here are some recommended first aide treatments.
Try to determine if it’s venomous or not. If you’re confident it’s not you can treat the bite like you would a puncture wound. Check with your doctor to see if you might need a tetanus shot booster.
Narrow Ridge invites our friends and neighbors to join us for our open music jam on Saturday, July 21 at our outdoor stage just up the road from our Mac Smith Resource Center at 1936 Liberty Hill Rd. We are happy to announce that local artists, Dixie Nicely and Wendal Sturgill, will kick off the festivities from 6:30 to 7:00 pm. 7:00 will begin the open mic/jam portion of the evening when we invite guests to share their talents in a forum that provides equal time to all who wish to participate.
"We invite all area Worship Leaders, Pastors, and Faith community leaders to come together on the last Thursday of each month at Hardee's at 7:30 am. This is to be a time of fellowship, prayer, and discussion about how we as a community of Faith can work together to have a positive impact on our county. All are welcome!" Margaret Chesney
The next regular workshop and meeting of the Union County Board of Education will be held on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at Union County High School. The workshop will begin at 6:00 p.m. with the meeting immediately to follow.
REGULAR WORKSHOP UNION COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION THURSDAY, JULY 26, 2018 6:00 p.m. Union County High School
1. Discuss School Trips
· None at Time of Publication
2. Budget Amendments and Transfers/Director’s Monthly Report—Ann Dyer
On February 22, 2018, A Call To Prayer was made in the Luttrell Community. Several community pastor agreed to go back to their respective churches and call on their members to pray for the Lord to guide in an effort to unite our churches with a common goal of a Community Worship & Revival leading folks to Jesus the only begotten son of God.
Benny went to sit on the lap of his LORD and SAVIOR Saturday July 14, 2018 at children's hospital.
Benny our sweet angel is the son of April King. Grandson to Sherri and Matt Bridges. Benny was also a brother to Kyle King and Jesse Perry. Great Grandchild of Barbara Brown along with Ronnie and Tina Bridges. Benny was the nephew of Alley King, Jacob King, Ethan Muehliesen, Leah Bridges, Isaiah Bridges, Faith Bridges and Noah Bridges.
Proceeded in death by great grandfather W.L. Carmon Our love for our sweet Benny will forever be. Always our sweet Angel!!
Donald H. Norris-age 64 of Maynardville passed away Monday morning, July 16, 2018 at his home. He was a member of Cedar Grove Baptist Church. Preceded in death by parents, Roy and Maude E. Norris; brother, David Norris.
Barbara Kay “Momma” Burkhert, age 72, went to be with the Lord on July 15, 2018. She had 3 kids, John J. Viglasky, Liesa Canupp, and Greg Viglasky. She also had 3 grandkids Ashley Taylor, Stacey Canupp, Taylor Viglasky, as well as, 4 great-grandkids. Family will receive friends 5:00-7:00pm Thursday July 19, 2018 at Mynatt Funeral Home Halls Chapel with service to follow. Family and friends will meet 10:45am Friday July 20, 2018 at Fort Sumter Cemetery for and 11:00am interment. Please leave online condolences at www.mynattfh.com
LaVerne McLain Cummings, of Knoxville, suddenly went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Wednesday, July 11th, 2018 at Parkwest Hospital. Preceded in death by parents Ed and Mildred McLain, grandson Chad Breeden, and sister Sandra Leach. Survived by loving husband Harlan J. Cummings, daughter Angelia (Bob) Love, son Brent Cox, grandson whom she raised Matthew (Amber) Cox, granddaughters Amanda Dykes and Brittney Russell, sisters Faye (Roger) Neff and Burlene Tolman, as well as 6 great grandkids. She was looking forward to seeing her great grandson Grantley expected in August.
Michael Ernest Smith – age 53 of Maynardville, passed away suddenly Saturday, July 8, 2018.
Michael is preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Mary Smith; and sister, Barbara Smith. He is survived by his son, Daniel; sister, Debra (Stacy) Lynn; special niece, Emily; special nephews, Derrick and Aaron Lynn; several aunts, uncles and other nieces and nephews.
Jackie Owen Carpenter, age 83, passed away at home on July 9, 2018. Jack was born October 28, 1934 in Claiborne County and graduated from Claiborne County High School in 1952. He served in the U.S. Army from 1957-1960. He earned his BA from University of California, Northridge in 1972. Jack accepted Christ at an early age and was a member of Salem Baptist Church, where he taught Sunday School for many years. He retired in 1998 from Harrison-Chihowee Baptist Academy (The Kings Academy) after 22 years of working as Business Manager.
Carolyn Lee Underwood-age 52 of Maynardville went to be with the Lord, Monday, July 9, 2018 at her home. She was a member of Grace Full Gospel Baptist Church. Preceded in death by husband, Richard Williams; grandson, Richard Dylangaddy.
Survivors: daughters, Alicia Williams, Chassitty Williams; son, Cory Underwood; husband, Randy Underwood; sisters, Charlene Gouldie, Sandra Bryant, parents, Alice and Robert England; two granddaughters, Mackenzie Mixon and Alyssa Gaddy; many nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
Steven James See, age 35 of Knoxville, went to be with the Lord July 6, 2018. He was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church. Steven was always a friendly, outgoing young man and always had a smile on his face. He loved going to church and enjoyed fishing with his friends. He was a great uncle to his niece and nephews, as well as, a wonderful step-dad to Courtney and Austin. Preceded in death by father Steve See; grandmother, Bobbie Franklin; uncle Jack McClain.