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April 24, 2011
Salem News

Roses (or Easter lilies on this special day if you prefer) to everyone supporting and holding egg hunts and related activities for the children. It is a timeless ritual that everyone enjoys. Something like the Salem UCT egg hunt is what tradition is all about. It seems there were a ton (actually all the candies given out probably weighed at least that much) of egg hunts for area children, especially with the churches. Melding fun and fellowship for youngsters is a nice pattern to establish. Lilies for hard- boiled colored eggs, kids who eat the ears off the chocolate rabbits first, those sticky marshmallow peeps that are as addicting as an opiate and house pets who inevitably end up eating and, ahem, discharging, that fake Easter basket grass. Lilies to the kids who leave the black jelly beans for Dad and, most importantly, lilies to everyone who will pause with reverence and acknowledge the real reason there is an Easter. Yeah Easter time is nice all the way around, what with the baskets, new go-to-church clothes, time off from work, golf (well, maybe not this year with the monsoons) and great food. But let's keep the main reason there is an Easter in the first place close to heart. Lilies to all of those of faith or belief, unified today during this holiest of days. Let's not forget that while we're carving up the ham this afternoon. And if you don't feel likewise respect those who do.



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