Our home was the place where family gathered on Easter Sunday. When our sons were little, the adults hid the eggs all over our yard. Ed and I watched with great joy as our boys hunted. I hid plastic crystal-looking eggs for the moms with faith jewelry in them. The moms acted like little kids searching for their special eggs. There was lots of laughter.
As our sons grew, they became the egg hiders. Even when our sons came home from college, they hid the eggs as more little cousins kept hunting. After the hunt, we sat at a long table that overflowed from the dining room into the living room. We all squeezed in and enjoyed the joy of being together. Sitting at the head of the long table, Ed and I prayed and whispered to each other, “This must be what Easter is like in heaven.”
Last year, the pandemic stopped our Easter tradition. This year, the pandemic is still here. We will not gather as we have in the past, especially now that my beloved Ed has gone home to heaven.
I gathered the plastic eggs, baskets, bunnies and decorations and gave them to our cousins, who have three little kids. They will take over the tradition. I’m glad the tradition will continue. This year for Easter, I’m driving to be with my son in Corning. We will video chat with my son in California. We will start a new Easter tradition.
Until I join my beloved Ed in heaven, I will remember the last time our family gathered in a big way in our home. I am grateful to God for the precious memories and for the many beautiful traditions that Ed and I were able to create during our marriage. We were blessed.
Leonor “Leo” and Ed Rivera were members of the local Worldwide Marriage Encounter community for 32 of their 34 years of marriage until Ed unexpectedly died of a heart attack on Aug. 1, 2020. To learn more about Worldwide Marriage Encounter in-person and virtual enrichment weekends, visit www.wwme.org. To read more of Leo and Ed’s blogs, visit https://catholiccourier.com/viewpoints/blogs/to-have-and-to-hold.