Saturday, April 19, 2014

Hunting Easter Eggs in the 50’s: A Confession

Easter in the 50's

My list of special Easter  memories

is as vivid and sharp as if it were yesterday:

* the sharp smell of vinegar when dying eggs

*my new Toni home perm

* a white stiff, crunchy feeling Easter hat

*white ruffled socks and my Spring dress shoes

*Mamaw’s (my maternal grandmother’s) lush carpet grass in her backyard on Alice Street in Kingsville

* the blue plumbago blossoms I liked to stick to my ears as earrings

*my mother’s sewing machine whirring while she made us new dresses


*the dilemma I faced as a little girl hunting Easter eggs.


(my worried expression tells it all)

What dilemma might that have been?
I wanted to win… to find my share of the eggs,

while appearing otherwise.

I wanted to run fast with my petticoat bouncing and my shoes pinching.

I wanted to beat my cousins to every single egg, without seeming like I wanted to.

I wanted to demonstrate the importance of ‘sharing’

while grabbing with the best of them.

I wanted to show that I had learned that

‘company goes first ‘ lesson I was taught,

while winning it all.

And then Mamaw and Papaw would shout “GO!”,

and I forgot about it all.

I just ran.


Happy Glorious Easter dear friends!

Every single, little thing is going to be Ok.

HE said so.


this is a re-post of one of my favorites.



Mary Palumbo Collings said...

Cute! Sweet pictures…
Happy Easter
XO Mary

Simply LKJ said... sweet! Love the pictures. I was the opposite, I was not about to let my 3 brothers beat me.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

I enjoyed reading your memories. I never participated in an Easter egg hunt as a child. It just wasn't part of our Canadian traditions. Probably because we usually still have snow on the ground at Easter, LOL!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Perfect post. Happy Easter!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Thanks for sharing your Easter past.
Oh yes - the crunchy petticoats, new patent leather shoes, and new dress fresh off the sewing machine.
Have a Very Happy Easter!

White Lace and Promises said...

Some of those memories are my own. I'll have to write about that. I have the hat, gloves, the purse, the itchy big slip and the sock and patent leather shoes.

Dawn Castrova said...

Thanks for sharing your Wonderful memories of your Happy Easter. :)

Theresa said...

Sweet pictures of you! Memories are precious in my heart too:) Enjoy your day dear friend!

suzieQ said...

My family didn't hide Easter eggs. When my children were little, I tried hiding eggs in the house and since my son is 6 years older, he had this restriction that certain colors were his, the others were for his sister. Then, I got the brilliant idea of hiding clues for the Easter baskets. My children loved that, but it was tricky and a lot of running around for me, since I had to place the clues up and down and all around our property. The funniest piece was, the end prize of the basket was usually in the cold oven or dryer, since where to hide a basket of candy? Thanks for the memories.

Deb said...

I was born in '51 and SO remember the Toni perms, my mom sewing dresses and even wearing Easter hats to church! I've got a pic of me at about 2 yoa (I'm guessing) in my Easter dress, hat and purse with my eyes closed against the Az sun glare. Hum...maybe I'll do a new profile pic ;)

Sarah said...

Alice Street in Kingsville. ;-) I know it.

Sweet post and darling photos. Ah, yes, the smell of vinegar when dying eggs and those Toni home perms.

Happy Easter!

Privet and Holly said...

This is just precious,
Laura! I could feel that
petticoat swish and feel
those new shoes squeak
right along with you : )
I hope your Easter was a
very happy one!

xo Suzanne

Nancy's Notes said...

Laura, what a wonderful heartwarming post! You were just precious then and you still are that precious one, inside and out today! I just love reading all about your special and glorious memories.
Love you sweet friend.

Bonnie said...

Laura, I was one of the little 50's Easter girls too.

Sweet post. Hope you are enjoying the spring weather and that your Easter was special.

Mary Timmers said...

Thanks for visiting my site! And thanks for this sweet post about the 50's childhood. I too remember Easters like yours, but no egg hunts. But we did get treats and gifts. Love your look!


Terra said...

That is a cute competitive egg hunt spirit. I think you and I dressed the same for church; my mom made great dresses and I had a hat, gloves and matching purse.

Stacey said...

What a fun post. I always think about the hats. I loved them! Loved those sugary candy eggs too. Loved them too much. :)

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Laura, cute pictures! Do they still make Toni home permaments? I'm one who never needed one, but I remember my mother giving people perms from time to time in our kitchen. Rather smelly, as I recall!

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