Easter! (alternate title: poop and milk)
M had a happy Easter, even though she still has no idea why the heck we’re suddenly talking about eggs and bunnies. I am not religious, nor am I a Christian, so I will explain the Christian mythologies to her when she’s older, along with other mythologies (such as the pagan origins of Easter bunnies and eggs). The stories from Christianity are important because we live in a society with mostly Christians, and are surrounded by people who were raised in the Christian traditions. She needs to be very familiar with the stories, regardless of what she ends up believing.
For us, we are celebrating the arrival of spring, the “resurrection” of the “sun”, and the fact that we can now look forward to a time of plenty and fun in the great outdoors. Sort of the opposite of Halloween, when we think about the turning of the year’s wheel, and the fact that all good things must come to an end. To have light, we must experience a time of darkness. During that time of darkness, we can trust that it won’t last forever and the light will return.
And she will keep getting her Easter basket the day before Easter, because the Easter bunny knows her mommy works on Easter so that the religious nurses can go to church!
But mostly, for me, holidays are about fun traditions that get kids excited and orient them to our 12 month calendar and the seasons. Like Christmas, it’s a feeling. It’s excitement and family time and something to look forward to. Eggs and Easter baskets are like the official start of spring this far north.
In other news… we’ve switched to lactose-free milk for M’s “ba-ba”s, and boy oh boy has it helped with M’s poop being more formed! The runny, diarrhea type poo is not only gross, it wasn’t easy for M to sense coming. Since making the switch, she has gone poop in the potty every time, even at school! Yay lactose free milk! During the day she drinks water and juice, but at night and naps she just wants “mell, mell” (milk).