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It hardly feels like Easter weekend. Quarantine and “stay at home” orders have changed everything. With no social “cues”, every day seems much the same …. even this Easter weekend. I didn’t even bother to get out my Easter decor because there would be no one to see it, not even my grandchildren. I didn’t want to put out the baskets, as there are no little gifts to put in them. I did manage to get two pieces of candy and two pop up cards for the grandchildren before all this COVID19 insanity.

My husband and I will attend our church’s Easter worship service online. Our church already does this each week, so we know it will be a wonderful time of worship. We miss our church friends and small group, but still communicate with group chats and video. It’s just not the same as seeing their smiles in person and giving hugs to our closest family and friends.

Things seem a little more somber and serious and that’s not a bad thing. I’ve had time to reflect on past Easter fun: new dresses and shoes, dying eggs, baskets filled with goodies and trinkets, hiding plastic eggs and Easter lunch with family. These memories bring a smile to my face.

This season of isolation will come to an end and my hope is that I will be forever marked with a new perspective and greater appreciation for the little things, traditions and time with family that really matter.

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