Another Holiday, Another Spin

 You may already be aware, but just in case, this weekend is Easter. 

I think for most of us, the church aspect of this weekend may be a thing of the past. Now it is more about the chocolate eggs and various pastel-colored items. 

Growing up, Easter was not a big thing. I knew the basics, Jesus dies, he goes into a cave, the cave is empty, Jesus comes back, miracle. I knew that it meant Lent was over and whatever we gave up was feasted upon gleefully. 

The biggest religious moment for me was always the showing of Jesus Christ, Superstar that was always on TV somewhere. I must say of all of the musicals I love, this one has a special place in my heart. I don't know if it was all the dancing hippies in the desert, the movie in a movie side story, Yvonne Elliman's voice, or the end with all the fringe and shiny people. It just makes me happy.

Sidebar: My kids are older now, so usually when I am watching something, they are in the same room watching something else. When I am left to my own devices around the TV there are a few things that I usually watch. True crime, drag queens, documentaries, and musicals. My kids were raised on songs from musicals but for the part, they have no idea that they are from musicals until I am watching one and one of them says "This is from here? Huh, weird". I don't think I am achieving my goal of passing my love for musicals on, but who knows. 

Easter changed a bit for my mom and me when my stepdad moved in with us when I was around 16. Not only is Easter usually pretty close to his birthday, but where he is from Easter is a BIG DEAL. He taught me how to dye eggs using vegetable skins and a game that involves cracking eggs together to see who has the stronger egg.

My kids grew up not really knowing the religious side of Easter. I am not sure even now where they think it came from. They do know though that it means a lot to my stepdad, and because of that, it is important to them. For me, this is more important than a cautionary tale woven through the lens of mythology and needed to explain why we have rules. Fables have their place and time. Family (blood or chosen) and the rituals you build there mean more to me in the end. 

Music Corner

I would remiss if I didn't talk about my favorite song from Jesus Christ Superstar. There are many to choose from, but it always comes back to King Herod's song for me. Hedonistic and swingy, it is a celebratory piece in the middle of some ballads and dirges. The desert oasis setting, the juxtaposition of the hungry and haggard-looking Jesus with the robust and energetic members of the king's court, and all the colors match the bright colors and jazzy dance moves. 

Shopping Corner

Starry Night Puzzle


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