April 23rd, 2011
09:00 AM ET

Letters to the President: #824 'Thoughts on Easter Eve'

Reporter's Note: The president asked for advice from the public long before he took the oath of office, and I’ve been taking to my keyboard every day since. I’m sure it is exhausting for both of us.

Dear Mr. President,

What kind of an Easter weekend is this? Rain, clouds, gray skies. I can accept that on Good Friday, but it seems as if by Easter morning we should have bright sunshine, more in keeping with the holiday.

Well, I suppose there is nothing either of us can do about it, so let’s just cross our fingers and hope for the best.

What sort of plans do you have? I assume with the ages of your girls you will enjoy some excellent family time, and that’s as it should be. We will be doing much the same - going to church, enjoying a lovely meal, snacking on some sort of chocolate treats to be sure. (How do you eat chocolate bunnies at your house? I’m a “bite the ears off first” kind of guy.)

We went to the sunrise service last year, and it was a disappointment. Not many people were there. The sun, as best I could tell, didn’t really show up until it was over, so it was a kind of “waiting for the sunrise” service. And the overall mood was a tad too somber for what should be a day of celebration for the faithful.

The 10 a.m. service, on the other hand, can be so crowded that I don’t always care for it either. Although I must say it is fun watching all the people who come only once a year trying to figure out when they should stand up, sit down, or greet their neighbors. I suppose that is rather un-Christian of me, but it’s still entertaining.

Anyway, if you’d like to join our family, I suspect we’ll end up going to the 8:30 service. And if anyone looks sideways, I’ll vouch for you. “Hey, I’m here every Sunday. He’s with me.” Ha!


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soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. randall j small

    now is a great time for people to focus on the important issues that will lead our planet to a state of peaceful union. keep it real and tru!!!!

    April 24, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  2. Christina, Windber, PA

    I enjoyed your Easter letter to the president. It's warm and sunny here this afternoon. MIght be the same where you are by now. To be honest, I'm not often up at 9:00 AM so I haven't a clue what the weather was then.

    Your description of your Easter warmed by heart. Enjoy it while you have a chance. Some day without warning it will be gone. I found that out the hard way. Even though I'm alone for the holiday I still cooked and baked and packed the basket off to church to get it blessed. It loses something in the translation though, when there is no one around to enjoy it with. Have a happy and blessed Easter and don't forget to give each and every member of your family a hug. You don't realize how important they are until you aren't getting them anymore.

    April 23, 2011 at 4:31 pm |