In my life, I’ve received some great secular Easter gifts that come in pastel baskets: various books (usually Star Wars), nifty pen sets (I’m an office supply fanatic), high-quality chocolate bunnies, and, my favorite, the $5 in change my grandparents give every year.
While $5 isn’t much, it’s not really about the money. It’s about gathering the plastic eggs hidden eggs around my grandparents’ yard, and then opening them at the kitchen table. With 7 grandchildren’s worth of money, the table is covered in a field of nickel and copper, some quarters and dimes thrown in too. We sit together, organizing the change as we joke and laugh, and then divvy up the takings equally. After Easter, most of this money ends up in our mother’s possession as we pay her back for this or that. By early May, her purse weighs about 10lbs more.
This year, however, it’s difficult to say whether I’m more excited about $5 in change or March 30th’s new Doctor Who episode. We get to find out a little more about Clara Oswin Oswald, and dive into a new adventure and new places. With half-a-season before us, there is going to be a lot of story in a little time.
What are you looking forward to this Easter? What are some of your favorite traditions? Are you as excited for the new episodes of Doctor Who as I am, or would you rather have $5 in change from your super-awesome grandparents instead?
Happy Easter and Happy Spring Break to anyone who works or goes to school.