The sun shined in New York today. The birds chirped loudly, and all of the trees are bursting through-making the neighborhood brownstones just a little more beautiful. Books remain on stoops, the sound of kids screaming and laughing echoes through our street. I bought a can of rosé and we had our first lazy-warm dinner of pasta, broccoli and parmesan of the season.
The warmth of the day reminded me that Easter is just a few short weeks away. And while I know many don’t celebrate, for those that do, what are your plans? Do you have any non-traditional traditions of your own?
We’ve spent many years bouncing between picnics and church. Picnics being the most frequent out of all of our traditions. Sometiems they are with friends or just as a family. I grew up with everyone going to church, hair done, outfits to the nine, big hats, tights, tiny heels, bodega candy and double services. There were the years we saw the Easter bunny and years where the entire family gathered for egg hunts in Richmond, Virginia, too.
This year, the kids and I will be in L.A as part of my “book tour”! Will you be around? I’m a little nervous on what to do, and how to make something kind of untraditional (A book tour!) traditional, in a sense. I’m thinking it’s best to pack some pretty sweeet dresses and tops and have a picnic in a local park. Do you live in L.A? Have any suggestions? I want it to feel special, but also not excessive.
What do you say?
(Photograph: Thomas Hoepker)