Our family, like many of yours, is making plans for getting together on Easter Sunday. Because the younger generation is more casual and so very busy, our plans lean toward a casual meal that is not too much work for anyone. The important part is that we will be together.
But I can't help but think about holidays at my mother's table. For Easter there would be a beautiful ham, mashed potatoes & gravy, and a variety of vegetable and salad choices. Dessert would be served of course, and would probably be angel food cake with whipped cream and strawberries - or perhaps tapioca pudding with strawberries. Those were her two go-to desserts.
We would all sit down to a beautifully set table, using the good china and silver. We would pray, then pass the wonderful food, and the time together gave all an opportunity to share and learn what was happening in each other's lives. These were times that brought us all together physically, but they also helped form an invisible bond of caring.
Sunday as our family sets out our pretty, but disposable plates, I will be thinking of those dinners at Mom's table, and know that it's the coming together that impacts us and creates the memories.