Thursday, March 20, 2008
Close to Nowhere
• I’ve always thought it was more taxing on my brain to think about when and how Easter Sunday was decided than I needed to worry about.
After all, that’s why I have a calendar, right?
Pop’s grandmother, affectionately called Ma, used to try and explain it to me. I tried, I really did, but the best I could remember was that it was the first full moon after something.
My friend Jane brought an email to Sunday School a week or so ago explaining how Easter falls. She’d gotten it from some geneological friends who live in England.
I thought it was fascinating and am going to repeat some of it to you.
Easter is always the first Sunday after the first full moon (I told you!) after the spring equinox (March 20).
The date for Easter is based on the Hebrew lunar calendar used to identify Passover -- which is why it moves around on our Roman calendar.
According to Jane’s friend’s information, Easter can actually be a day earlier than it is this year (March 22), but that’s rare.
“This year is the earliest Easter any of us will ever see the rest of our lives! And only the most elderly of our population have ever seen it this early (95 years old or older). None of us have ever, or will ever, see it a day earlier!
“The next time Easter will be this early (March 23) will be the year 2228 (220 years from now). The last time it was this early was 1913 (so, if you’re 95 or older, you are one of the very few who were around for that!).
“The next time it will be a day earlier, March 22, will be in the year 2285 (277 years from now). The last time it was on March 22 was 1818. So, no one alive today has, or will ever, see it any earlier than this year!” (courtesy of Grey Powell via Jane).
• My mother made most of my clothes and when my kids were little (even my son), I made most of their clothes. Now, I love to sew for my granddaughters and this year, I have some really pretty Easter egg fabric that I’m hoping will be Easter dresses.
My all-time favorite Easter dress was the only “store-bought” one that I can remember. (I used to be horribly embarrassed that I had to wear “homemade” clothes -- even though my mother was a world-class seamstress.)
But this dress was gorgeous! It was sheer, lavendar dotted Swiss over lavendar taffeta. The waist was really gathered and it had a matching sheer dotted Swiss coat with long sheer puffy sleeves.
It was quite stiff and rustled loudly when I walked or moved (which I did frequently just to hear it).
I cried for days after my mother gave it away when I outgrew it.
Maybe that’s why I have so many of Dana’s old dresses for her little girls to wear now...
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