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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".

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    YOur childhood food memories are similar to mine. emoticon
    40 days ago
    I was the child of a war bride so being bombed out three times my Mum equated food with love. So I really understand what you mean!
    41 days ago
    Ditto!! Holidays were always HUGE at my house, all the relatives from around would show up at our place. It was big and held them all easily though LOL we had 8 kids plus parents. It was always lively. Holidays centered mostly on FOOD also. TONS Of food!!

    I don't holidays now, but I end up normally at A LOT of event's which are still centered seemingly on FOOD.

    I KNOW I heard this on SPARKS, not sure if it was blog, but likely. Make the event we attend NOT about the food (which is always going to be around) but on the PEOPLE because someone there we may not ever see again. So now when I attend an event it IS about the PEOPLE not the food. I stand WAY back and wait til almost the end of the food line, walking around with a bottle of water. Than since most are done eating it's so much easier to STILL NOT make it about the food. I also look around for any elderly, disabled who may wish to have help. That's just a GREAT FEELING!! Especially if I am bored. LOL hey it happens.
    41 days ago
    One habit that I am working to break is that when I come home from anywhere in the middle/late afternoon I need to eat something. That was the routine I grew up with: come home from school, grab a snack and then do chores (feed animals, weed garden, etc.) that often took until it was time to eat in the evening. The snack gave us the energy to do all the after school things that needed to be done on a farm. Now I try to just make a cup of tea.
    41 days ago
  • JILLIAN0216
    I think food is huge part of a lot of lives. To my grandma's, it was love.
    41 days ago
    Bravo!!! Well said. emoticon And I emoticon it!
    41 days ago
    Food played a big part of our family get-togethers, too. Food was hospitality to my mom.
    41 days ago
    I didn't know your parents were from Spain, Croatia. So interesting! I too remember Easter as a child. Good memories. I didn't have good eating habits at times as a kid. Luckily I was very active and always outdoors lol.
    Here's the 5% Challenge. emoticon
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