Sunday, April 1, 2012

Hunting Easter Eggs in the 50’s: A Confession



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.



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Blondie's Journal said...

This is so look lovely in your Easter finery! Better luck this year with the Easter egg hunt!


Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

I hope you get a lot of eggs this year!

Entertaining Women said...

Ooh...You and I would have been focused rivals on the Easter Egg fired of competition....and we would have both been perfect little ladies through the whole process. LOL. Cherry Kay

White Lace and Promises said...

I remember too! Especially the Toni's. OMG! I usually got frizz because my hair was so FINE!

Barb @ The Everyday Home said...

LOL, love this! I remember the pinching white patent leather shoes, the crinoline dresses, the stiff straw hats and so much more. Thank you for this post, I am gonna call my sis and do some reminiscing. Hope you are well. Blessings, Barb

Jojo said...

I was just so happy to have a new hat (the Easter bonnet), gloves, dress, shoes, and dress. All three of us girls we lined up in our matching Easter frocks. So many preparations and so many memories.

Leslie's Garden said...

Too cute! I just love looking at the pictures from my youth. I love to see the cars in the background - so vintage looking - hey, that's in MY lifetime! Oh yeah, I'm Vintage, too! I posted a picture of me in my Easter finery, what wonderful memories!

Deb said...

love it...I always loved the little purse that went with the Easter hat...

Helen said...

You echoed so much of what I remember most fondly about Easter in the 40s! 50s too and then into the 60s with my own children .... thanks for the memories.

Phyllis @Around the House said...

Gosh we must be sisters cause those are all my memories...we always had a complete new outfit from head to

Cindy said...

Your list of memories are just like mine! I had all boy cousins to out run for the eggs! You are just too cute!

DIYbyDesign said...

Those are awesome memories. I love the photos and your sweet dress. Thanks for sharing at the Bunny Blog Hop!!

Theresa said...

Cute little one! I enjoy the Easter Egg Hunt with all of the little ones! We always have lunch and then the kids start asking can we have the egg hunt? We will be doing it again on Sunday:) Have a blessed day, HUGS!

Rae said...

You were a cute little girl!! Enjoyed your Easter post from the 50's, I too am a girl from the 50's....I remember those Easter egg hunts!

CHERI said...

I think we can all admit to the same feelings! I always wanted to be the one to find the PRIZE EGG!!! I think I remember finding it once. My grandkids love to hide eggs (or anything else) no matter what time of year! What a cute little girl you were...and I too remember those Toni home perms! My mother loved to give me those but I hated them!

jomymother said...

Delightful post. I had to giggle.

Nick said...

prettiest thing i've ever seen,lucky little girly ☺ ♥ ♥ ♥


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