It was now Easter in Monzelfeld, and my wife always decorated the dining room table by hanging Easter eggs from fresh cut branches arranged in a vase.
A neighbor in the village had goose eggs available for decorating, and my wife and David decorated these three goose eggs and displayed them hanging from her handmade lampshade over our kitchen table.
The camera’s flash has washed out the coffee and cake settings on the table in this picture, which are clearly visible in the next one – as David sits on the low bench beside the wood stove ready to have a piece of Easter lamb cake and chocolates.
David seems to say “hurry up” as the Easter lamb cake my wife baked and an Easter basket filled with chocolates are displayed on the table under the handmade lampshade decorated with colored goose eggs.
The day started earlier with an Easter egg hunt around the house, and here David has discovered four chocolate Easter eggs – conveniently in an egg warming basket – pretty smart that Easter bunny!
David shows off his treasured prize of chocolate Easter eggs before continuing the hunt around the house – the Easter bunny is a nice tradition for children, because it makes them feel special and offers just another opportunity to make Easter morning special as well.
The Easter bunny had a habit of hiding a few small gifts for David around the house along with the Easter eggs; and some may say that encouraging the Easter bunny tradition distracts from the meaning of Easter – but I think for a small child, showing them that they are loved is very central to the meaning and promise of Easter.
One of the Easter bunny’s presents for David was a puzzle of a gas station scene – and David had become quite an expert on identifying cars by make and model by then, easily calling them out by name while walking through a parking lot.
David seems uncertain of waiting to open this present, as I took the photo of another puzzle – and this one was of an old fashioned lumber mill in a Bavarian Alpine setting.
David had only recently turned three years old, the minimum age at the time to attend Kindergarten which he was now attending just up the street in Monzelfeld – speaking German of course; and here he discovers an Easter basket in the family room filled with some of his favorite chocolates in it.
This picture of David in the rocking chair shows how far he had come in just the past few months – it seemed like I’d wake up one day and he would be asking me for the car keys – and that day came and went some seven long years ago!