Reflections on Spending Easter as a child
Monday, April 05, 2021
My parents were 2nd generation Americans; their parents being immigrants; (Spain; Croatia). I think because my parents experienced the great Depression and money was scarce back then when they raised us good food was equated with love. As children we always had the Easter Basket and the Halloween bag of candy. My mom learned to cook good and she baked cakes and made desserts for holidays and birthdays. Back in the 60's and 70's the family centered around the kitchen table for dinner and the kitchen is where dad played cards with friends. My
Croatian grandmother made homemade apple or pumpkin strudel on the kitchen table.
As children we looked forward to Easter. In the morning we'd look for our Easter baskets that we're hidden by the Easter Bunny and after church we'd probably eat a lot of candy before my mom served the ham dinner, scalloped potatoes and vegetables for dessert and don't forget some type of homemade jello dessert and/or cake. Consuming high calorie foods during the holidays played a really big part in our lives growing up.
Mom was always on a diet but she did have the discipline to exercise. Many pleasant memories are remembered. It is work to train our mind to develop healthy habits around the holidays. In my adult life I've developed the discipline to exercise; it's now like PATRICIA-CR says "it is to battle against bad eating for the rest of our lives". Here is where our 5% Weight Loss Challenge comes in; it brings encouragement from the team and here we can be vulnerable with our adult selves and others and have a game plan and learn a new way of living where we "Eat to Live" and not where we "Live to Eat".