I need a little Easter

For we need a little Christmas
Right this very minute
Candles in the window
Carols at the spinet

I relate to “We Need A Little Christmas” from the musical Mame, believing the spirit of the song offers some life lessons:

  • Giving when the gift is needed is more important than giving when a gift is expected.
  • Despite the calendar, in spite of the circumstances, seize the holiday.
  • Clear-eyed, a regular diet of delayed gratification and immediate attention to problems is good for you. Tear-eyed, the occasional treat of right-now gratification and delayed attention problems is good for you.
  • If you think you’re alone, you’re wrong.
  • Even (especially?) when it doesn’t make sense, it can help to be cheerful.

This mid-February day, I am cheered that my Christmas cactus is offering an off-season present: a large, red bloom. As it you might guess from its name, a Christmas cactus is expected to bloom sometime in December.  On December 14, I commiserated with Facebook friends: Come on, Christmas cactus, bloom! Pretty please?

Katie:   Mine is done already. It was a Veteran’s Day cactus this year.
Kathy:  Ours is done, too, after a spectacular showing at Thanksgiving!
Me:      I was tempted to walk over to my plants and point out their comparable under-performance. Instead, I just moved them to the afternoon sun spot.
Ann:    I see the problem. You are too nice to them. Mine bloomed prolifically for years after spending the summer neglected outside every year. Until I finally killed them.

I’m a good student of life lessons. So, despite the calendar and despite the circumstances, I’m going to seize the holiday. Mid-February, I’m ready for anticipatory Easter (April 24, 2011).  Here’s a cheerful thought: I’m taking the rest of the day off.  Think I’ll hard boil some eggs.

For I need a little Easter
Right this very minute
Dyed eggs in a basket
Azalea on the Spinet

—Sue Edison-Swift (2/17/2011)

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3 Responses to I need a little Easter

  1. Ann Rezny says:

    Did you purposely highlight what appears to be a mushroom from the “Mario” games in your carton of eggs? The mushroom is used for healing and “powering up.” See http://www.mariowiki.com/Mushroom. We all could use a little of that.

  2. sue says:

    I knew that not! I’m so pleased to now be in the know. I was trying to be artsy echoing the color of the blossom.

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