HAPPY EASTER GREETINGS

Weathered Barn in Field of Daffodils

Weathered Barn in Field of Daffodils

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Easter will arrive on the calendar this Sunday whether or not the weather will accommodate comfortable backyard egg hunts.  We expect our nine inches of snow will melt quickly in the next few days, bringing the first real hint of inevitable spring, although rain could keep the ground moist.  Can we make the transition from wool to pastels in five days?  If the 57 degree forecast is accurate, we expect to see fashion morph into the new season without fail on Sunday morning.  It is the older generation like myself that continues to dress for comfort rather than style.

I identify with little darlings running around in new shoes and ruffled dresses.  They make me smile.  A new dress for Easter morning was anticipated as much as the candy-filled basket left by a mythical bunny when I was their age.  But more strongly nostalgic were the feelings of awe and excitement we felt in our starched and pressed attire, sitting in wooden pews in a church filled with white Easter lilies tied with purple floral ribbons.  Even in our youth, we knew this was a special day.  The choir sang more grandly, the congregation sang more loudly, and extra chairs were set up in the foyer for the overflow of late arrivals.  “Christ the Lord is risen today…” we sang…only on this special day, once a year.

Although reserved for Easter morning, I know this refrain can be sung year round because it is true year round…I sing it in my heart whatever season.  Because He lives, I will live to sing it to Him.  Happy Easter!

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About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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