Apr. 18, 2019

IT ONLY TAKE ONE YELLOW EASTER EGG---TO START THE TEARS.

 

The incident occurred in 2015….one day before Easter.  Each year….as the anniversary of the incident approaches, I can’t escape the sadness.

I once treasured long-ago memories of my two little girls dressed in matching-pink Easter dresses, carrying hand-decorated baskets, and joining other happy children for the annual Easter Egg Hunt. God only knows…. I tried to be a good Mother, even when there was never enough time or money.

In earlier days, I thought of Easter as a happy time. I loved decorating baskets for my daughters and filling them with the traditional peeps, chocolate eggs, jelly beans, and all things sweet and wonderful. When my grandsons came into my life, I wanted them to enjoy memorable Easters too…but Evil had other plans. 

 This is what happened  only one day before Easter in 2015.  Remember, there are no coincidences in my life:

“Yesterday, the day before Easter, I noticed one of my precious boxwood plants had died. Armed with my trusty shovel, I began digging around the base of the plant to remove it. As I lifted the dead plant, a yellow plastic Easter egg dropped from the loose dirt and landed beside my foot.

 It took only a second to remember four years earlier, when I’d played Easter Bunny to my two grandsons. Apparently, I’d hidden the little yellow egg too well…. so well…. it hadn’t been found….until today…four years later. With shaky hands… I opened the egg.  Four quarters fell to the ground, accompanied by a "Bunny" note. The note--handwritten by me--four years earlier-- said “I will always love you, Gigi."

That was our last Easter-- together. Two months later-- in 2011--my oldest daughter and her husband heartlessly- ripped my two grandsons from my arms and my life but....not my heart.

One yellow egg came out of hiding today… to remind me of what will never be again.

Sally Miller (Gigi).