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Easter Acrostic and a Prose Piece of Easter Memories

April 12, 2017


For this second week of National Poetry Month, I am sharing with you an Easter wish with the following ten-line acrostic poem; then, you will find some Easter memories in prose form.



Easter Acrostic


by Alice Jane-Marie Massa



Easter wishes

Arranged in

Springtime baskets with

Tulips, tall and pink,

Eagerly await the showers for

Rejoicing, renewing.


Like the TV show JEOPARDY,

I ask you to answer in the form of a question.

Look for the clue within this Easter acrostic:

You will know the virtual Easter gift I give to you.



A Prose Piece of Easter Memories


The clean, clear, distinctive fragrance of vinegar easily comes to mind and nose.  Whenever I am using vinegar to clean a floor, the smell of the vinegar reminds my senses of dying Easter eggs.  As a child, I loved this magical, creative, artistic endeavor of the Easter season.  Although the grocery store of my uncle and maternal grandmother did not stock too many items of the holiday fare, on the shelf behind the adding machine were the boxes of Easter egg dye.  Inside the box, about five inches by five inches by five-eighths inch, were the tablets that made the magic when one of the tablets was placed in the bottom of a small bowl or cup and then covered with vinegar and water.  Although I dyed Easter eggs in the 1950s into the 1960s, PAAS dye kits for Easter eggs were first sold in New Jersey in 1880 for five cents.  Although I have always preferred pastel colors, the eggs dyed the outstanding orchid color were my favorite.  My sister and I did not have plastic eggs during our childhood, we dyed and hid actual boiled eggs–until one of our parents deemed the eggs too smelly to hide any longer.  I most recall hiding the eggs inside, so I imagine that many Easters of my youth were either rainy or cool for an Indiana spring.


My mother must have been a forerunner of the recycling movement because in the 1950s, she would place Easter baskets in the very high closet above the linen closet in our bathroom; then, when the next Easter rolled around, she took some of the used baskets from the closet and even recycled some of the pink or green cellophane grass, but did add fresh Easter candy and the newly dyed Easter eggs.  I will not admit how many years passed before I realized my mother’s recycling efforts.  I guess she taught the Easter Bunny a thing or two about recycling.


During my first year of teaching, one of my students gave me for the Easter of 1973 a beautifully feathered duck whose feathers bountifully form a nest in which was a large candy Easter egg.  The duck’s head is made of styrofoam with a pipe cleaner mouth and a flattened flower atop his cute head.  Amazingly, this Easter duck is the same orchid color that I so liked for coloring Easter eggs.  Each Easter, I still set this feathered duck on one of my tables as part of a little Easter decor and remember those first two semesters of students.  Today, that student (who worked after school at a grocery store because he was one of twelve children in his family) would be about fifty-six years old, and I imagine he would never guess that I still have the purple duck.



Best wishes for a sunny and happy Easter filled with memories and/or chocolate!

Alice and Leader Dog Willow


April 12, 2017, Wednesday  (This date marks the 138th anniversary of my paternal grandfather’s birth.)



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  1. Alice. What a colorful recollection of so many grand Easter days. Thanks again for bringing us back to a piece of your past. Happy Easter to you. Deon

    Sent from my wicked smart Windows 10 machine

    • Deon–Thanks for taking the time to comment, and I wish you and your family an especially happy Easter and many springtime blessings.

      Take care, and more soon–Alice

  2. Sue McKendry permalink

    Alice–Is the answer “What is an Easter Lily?” How nice to read about your Easter memories growing up. My mom also recycled baskets, decorations, the “grass,” etc. and I thought we were the only family on the planet to do this. And I also have saved many of the gifts students gave me. Hope you and Willow have a happy Easter!–Sue

    • Sue–Yes, you are correct: you should receive the golden egg. Thanks for sharing that your mother was also a recycler of holiday items and that you have saved gifts from students.

      Happy Easter and happy early springtime gardening! Alice and Willow

  3. Fran Rayce permalink

    Hi Alice,
    Up cycling must have been the way to go in the 50’s and 60’s; the Easter bunny always refilled our same baskets year to year. They weren’t filled with fancy things, (I don’t remember much chocolate), mostly I think hard candy shells around a marshmallow type filling and a few jelly beans. And Easter egg hunts in the yard with repeated hiding of the same hard boiled eggs made for a fun filled day.
    A HaPpY and blessed Easter to you and Willow!
    Love, Fran

    • Fran–Thanks for sharing your Easter “recycling” memories also! Soon after posting my Easter blog, I realized that I forgot to mention a clear memory of an Easter when Mary and I were a couple or so years past the Easter-Bunny stage: that Easter, sometime in the 1960s, Dad gave Mary a purple hyacinth and gave me a pink hyacinth–undoubtedly, the first time we received flowers as a gift. Ever since, I have been fond of hyacinths.

      Best wishes to you and your family for an especially happy Easter! Alice and Willow

  4. mfanyo permalink

    Thanks so much for the Easter memories, Alice. Buying an Easter lily is on my list for tomorrow’s shopping. I love the beautiful flowers and have had some success in planting them in my garden after the holiday. I also remember so fondly those fragrant hyacinths that Dad gave us! Of course, we can’t forget shopping with Mother for our new Easter outfit for church, which always included a spring coat and hat. What a fun tradition!
    Easter Blessings to you and to Willow!
    Love, Mary

    • Mary–Thanks for adding your comment. Well, Easter fashions may be a future topic for WORDWALK.

      Best wishes for a blessed and happy Easter–Alice and Willow

  5. Thank you, Alice, for sharing your memories. Reading this brought back some memories of my own. I hope you’re having a great Easter.

    • Abbie–So often, I find that one memory or some memories lead to other memories: they do have a way of growing and expanding. Thanks for letting me know that my memories led to some for you concerning Easter.

      Hoping you had a very pleasant Easter Sunday–Alice

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