Easter is a Time for Families to Reunite

Easter is a Time for Families to Reunite

By Frances Gonzalez-Boyd

 

 

 

Since I can remember, Easter was always such a special time. The day began with an Easter church service celebration. The warm colored fancy dresses that were sewn by my mother’s hands made it very special. My father and brothers wore their best suits and ties. Catholic Easter mass services always lasted longer. Taking time to give God thanks for our health, family and everything was so important. God’s grace always abundantly blessed our family. After the service, it was time for preparation for and reunion with the family. Grandparents and Aunts and Uncles lived close by, and we would have a choice as to where we would visit. I remember always having fun with my cousins. {{more}} All my grandparents lived in the same town, as I did, when I was growing up. I still remember the Victorian house that sat on a where my grandparents, Acradio and Oitla Gonzalez, my father’s parents, lived. It was visible as one drove into the town of my birth, Hamlin, Texas. At that time you could grocery shop at the Piggly Wiggly, and buy a hamburger at Dairy Queen. It was a small town, and the population was small also, but as a young child, I had many good memories. There was an Easter picnic and dinner at either house and an egg hunt. The dinner was always planned ahead. Sylvia Southerland and her son. Sylvia is my Aunt Flora’s oldest daughter. Flora is my dad’s younger sister. Photo courtesy of Frances Gonzlaez-Boyd. The Easter holiday is always a lot of fun and filled with joy when families are gathered together. Those from the past are never forgotten. There is a lot to do and even updating on another for those that drive miles to visit loved ones. Have a Happy Easter.