On a meandering walk for some fresh spring air this past week, I came across a most surprising sight to behold…an egg tree. These beauties were hanging in various shapes, colors, sizes, and levels as a welcome sign in these most unusual of times. I instantly recalled the sweet story my Granny B often told about The Egg Tree. Written and illustrated in 1950 by Katherine Milhous, this Caldecott Medal winning book revealed a story based on the author’s family with a beloved Pennsylvania Dutch Easter tradition. I vividly remember the ONE Easter time Granny and I carefully blew out a dozen eggs (what a chore!) and then dyed them in various colors to then paint scenes, just like the two children in the book. It was a two-day process and one where her patience with my tedious perfectionism at various levels of artistic struggle was most likely stretched beyond standard limitation. Did I mention it was the only time we did it? 🙂
This tradition in my classroom and in our home with similar versions of an egg tree in the springtime usually involved wooden or plastic decorated eggs. Cascarones took it up another notch as brightly-colored, confetti-filled egg treats, although patience of Job comes-to-mind when creating these beauties. Each version visually symbolized the simple, charming reminders of rebirth, renewal, hope, and growth.
What’s a Springtime tradition you fondly recall?
In these uncertain times of living in, as my daddy says, “that hotel where you can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave” (thank you, Don Henley and Glenn Fry), may we all find subtle ways to engage in creating, cultivating, and inviting beauty into our day…just like this blossoming little egg tree. Stay safe, stay well, and stay strong, y’all! 🙂