Last Friday, I finally had an idea for an article to run on Easter Sunday. I am not a person who would would be somber or preachy on this religious holiday, but I did think about family movies from Easters past.
So I started looking for the DVDs my mother had made for each of her children copying our family movies. Four hours later I found the DVDs and their case. (When I ‘clean up’ for company, I move things from counters to…well, who knows where.) My father’s home movies (silent movies) are now (dare I say this) more than half a century old.
Yes, I did find films of our early Easter Egg hunts in our yard, but I hadn’t seen the movies in several years, so along the way also I saw myself being raised.
I was the first child (of three) so I got plenty of film time, everything from leaving the hospital, being introduced to my grandparents, enjoying (or not enjoying) early baths, grabbing on to my father’s two fingers so I could be lifted in the air, being fed in the high chair and after many attempts learning to walk. My parents were my parents and they were always older than me, so I don’t think I realized how attractive they both were. In the movies they are handsome and pretty, strong and limber and loving having their children.
And yes, I did finally find the sometimes grainy films of those early Easter Egg hunts. I apparently wore dresses in those days and when neighbors visited on that holiday, they were dressed to the nines, in suits, dresses, hats and Sunday shoes. The ladies also wore flowers. Easter was a time to be seen at your best.
I loved my hours with the old movies, and perhaps you have done the same thing as well. If not, my message to everyone reading this is to take the time during this shutdown to once again look at family pictures or old movies. You will have a new appreciation for the life you have lived and the people you have known. Today’s situation won’t seem very important by comparison.
My father, when watching old family movies, used to say, “Time is such a thief”, but photos and movies are our chance “to catch a thief”.
Happy Easter Everyone!