A few weeks ago my cousin Ann sent me an email inviting me to Easter dinner. Since my family celebrated Easter in a very limited fashion — egg hunts for the children, sometimes a ham dinner cooked by grandma — I had no idea what the traditions are on this side of my family. So, I asked a couple of questions of Ann that were half-joking/half serious. My biggest concern was what to wear. Is it expected that I should dress up? Obviously the matching coat, gloves, shoes, and purse of yesteryear wouldn’t be required, but still…. Ann returned my questions with a laugh underlying the email. I gather that it is family only and will be somewhat casual since the Easter dinner is actually on Saturday, not Sunday. I have not seen Ann since last July and Aunt Viola (who just turned 98) will be there and I wouldn’t want to miss a chance to see her either. I thought that was the end of it.
I was surprised and delighted when I went to the mail room this morning to find a very large package waiting for me. The return address was from my cousin Barbara in Little Rock, Ann’s sister. I couldn’t imagine what Barbara was sending. The last time she sent me a package it was family mementoes. But, this was totally unexpected. To my absolute amazement, packed in bubble wrap and tissue paper, was an Easter bonnet that Barbara made for an Easter parade with her grandchildren!! Her note said that I should wear it to Ann’s and now I would feel better about my choice of outfit for the occasion. You can see by the photo that I chose to hang it on the coat rack by the door just next to my insulated jacket, snow gloves, and ice walkers. I guess spring can’t be too far behind now.
What a terrific surprise and how much fun that we cousins share the same sense of humor. Now I just have to get up the nerve to wear it. And, what do you wear to complement such an amazing chapeau?!