Easter was great. I worked 12.5 hours on two different floors and STILL thought it was great. That just shows what a wonderful holiday this is.
Even though, officially, it’s not always a holiday. I feel like to Christians Easter should be THE holiday. Jesus being born was important, but Jesus dying and saving us from eternal damnation is even more important – right? But I guess because it’s on a Sunday and it’s a “Hallmark Holiday” rather than a Federal one, many employers don’t recognize it.
I can understand it from their point of view. I mean, it creates enough of a scheduling mess trying to work with the 6 federal holidays!
But I digress from the point of my post. Easter is one of my favorite holidays. “He is risen.” “He is risen indeed!” Words of hope combined with all the joyful celebratory rites of spring. Dyeing and decorating Easter eggs. Easter egg hunts and piles of candy. Bunnies and chicks and pastels. Beginnings.
In the hospital, everyone knew it was Easter – although, understandably, most of my patients didn’t want to dwell on the fact that they were in the hospital on a holiday when customarily they would gather with friends and family to celebrate.
In the break rooms, there was an abundance of food, even from people who don’t celebrate Easter. Cinnamon rolls and fruit with cream cheese dip and milk and juice and chocolate muffins. Mmmm.
I had a good shift but when I was done I was exhausted. I limped to our friend’s house for an Easter feast… and was not disappointed. We had a delicious variety of deviled eggs and salad and homemade butternut squash ravioli with a brown butter sage sauce. (Mmm you are not a gourmand until you have tasted delicate crispy sage leaves fried in butter.) And for dessert, a chocolate lava cake (or as they prefer to call it, a “self saucing” cake) with fresh fruit. My mouth is watering just writing about it. Maybe I should have some more lunch.
As we feasted we joked about our lipid consumption – which was admittedly overboard. But we justified it because – it’s Easter!! It’s a Feast Day! And what better way to celebrate than good food, wine, friends, and talking to family.
Celebrating the fact that Jesus came to earth to suffer and die for our sins. And after being buried, he conquered death and rose again. Victory over death!!
That is our birthright. That’s what we claim on Easter, and celebrate. Cheers!