Reporter's Note: Easter is not generally considered one of the favorite holidays in the U.S. Maybe that’s because it doesn’t necessarily involve a lot of gifts and parties, but still it is observed by the great majority of Americans, including President Obama. So I have added yet another letter to his festivities.
Dear Mr. President,
Happy Easter! I trust the day has found you well and enjoying all the joys of the most important of the Christian holidays. To make a pun: Heaven knows we are doing that at our house.
I was reading that the National Restaurant Association expects 33 million Americans to dine out today. I hope they are right, or they’re going to be stuck with a lot of leftovers. Ha!
Not that we’ll be joining the crowd. We have always tended to be “dine at home” folks on Easter. Not sure what we have planned this time around, but I imagine we’ll trot out some ham and asparagus, maybe some peas and pearl onions, or sweet potatoes. Of course we’ll have some sort of delicious bread. Maybe hot cross buns, yum!
A few years back my wife bought a small lamb sculpted out of butter to grace the table. It looked so pretty on a gleaming white plate, just waiting for someone to take a knife to it and slather up a roll. That was the problem. No one could bring himself or herself to sacrifice this miniature marvel, so it just sat there as the meal progressed. When we were done it was carted back to the refrigerator untouched.
It crouched in that little butter dish area up top for…gosh, I don’t know…must have been weeks. Every time I opened the door to grab the mustard or a slice of cheese, there it was, staring at me vacantly. Then it finally disappeared. “Where is the lamb?” I asked my wife one evening, the refrigerator door open and cool air spilling out.
“Not sure,” she said. “I think it ran away.”
I, on the other hand, think she used it for cooking.
Oh well. Like I said, I hope your holiday is happy and holy. Don’t call until tomorrow, please. Sticking with the fam for today.
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