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Easter 1990

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This is the year that we actually taught Jesse about coloring eggs and let him actively participate (a little). He did one or two by himself, and helped (a little) with the setup and the cleanup. Of course, he quickly tired and while we did the main theme eggs, muppets this year, he got to go watch "Pee Wee's Playhouse" videos.

Easter 1990

What a mess! - Easter 1990

Dying Eggs is a messy proposition this year
Jesse's First year doing eggs

Muppet Characters - Easter 1990

This  is the only actual egg picture we have from this year. Although we dipped a couple dozen eggs, we only photographed the "big 4". It was a time in our lives for Sesame Street, both on TV and in those read-to-me books.

Everybody can recognize the Count, Burt, Ernie, and Grover all ready for the big family Easter dinner.

St John Cantius - Detroit

For Easter this year we renewed the tradition of taking the food to be blessed on Easter Saturday. Although we had all been Methodists for years by now, it is still special to participate in this ever so Catholic Easter ritual.

Lyn's family always tries to visit St John Cantius, the old-time family church in the downriver Detroit area of Delray. The church was built by Polish immigrants and the ornate altarpiece is breathtaking. The saints perch on clouds and shimmering gold leaf scriptures are in Polish. Of course, you can always light a candle for someone departed.

St John Cantius - Detroit

Exterior of St John Cantius
Ornate alter is always amazing

Lyn's mom grew up nearby, but her childhood home and the entire neighborhood was torn down in the 1970's to make way for Detroit's large wastewater treatment plant. In a bizarre twist, the church and school was left standing, stripped of homes, and now surrounded on three sides by industrial fences and wastewater basins. Of course the parochial school and nun's housing was long ago closed and boarded up, but it is an amazing testament that the church itself is still active, when you consider that its entire parish is required to commute from their suburban homes. And certain masses are still given in Polish.  Dziecko Jesus,  to jest cudem!

St John Cantius - Detroit

Arial view of St John Cantius - Detroit

Easter Baskets waiting to be blessed
Church surrounded by water treatment plant

Easter 1990

Easter 1990

A small basket with jelly beans
The search is on for the hidden eggs

We woke up to search the house for hidden eggs. Jesse was almost three and was completely on track with the mystery and excitement of the day. After breaking a couple eggs and having a tradition breakfast of cold foods, we headed to Church, then on to Lyn's sisters.

Easter 1990

Easter 1990

Lyn's family got together at her sister's house
Lyn's mom again hid plastic eggs with small "prizes"

After church we got together with Lyn's family at her sister's house. Lyn's mom continued her tradition of hiding large hollow plastic eggs, each with a note in it describing a small prize. Again it was sidewalk chalk and magic tablets and glider planes for the kids. This tradition seemed very special for Lyn's mom and we repeated it each Easter while we lived nearby. It is important to remember that in Detroit, Easter really represents one of the first few warm days and the arrival of spring and summer after a long cold winter stuck inside.

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Easter 1991

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