Thanks again to Joyce for coming up with this week's Hodgepodge questions. Now, here goes: (Am I eager, or what?)
1. What are your plans for Easter? Are you cooking a big lunch or dinner? Dyeing eggs? Attending a sun rise service? Eating too much chocolate?
We have a big event planned for Easter this year: the husband will be baptized! At the beautiful Easter Vigil Mass, which though extremely long is also extremely beautiful. It will be so emotional for me this year seeing him receive the sacraments. This has been a longing of my heart for almost twenty years.
As for the meal, we will be having Easter dinner at my brother's. Some of you will recall that our St. Paddy's day dinner was cancelled due to illness. Well, we are going to have a corned beef and cabbage Easter dinner as a make-up. Untraditional? Maybe. But that's the way we roll.
Easter egg dyeing? You betcha. Attending a sun rise service? No, but we will be attending a late night Mass. Mass begins when darkness has well and truly fallen. The church will be dark. The parishioners will gather outside in the total darkness. Then, the Paschal candle will be lit and the readings I love the most, " I am the Alpha and the Omega..." will be proclaimed. We will light our candles and enter the church, singing hymns of rejoicing. More readings and the lights will be illuminated and the whole church will be bright and we will sing with gladness to the Lord. There will be baptisms, there will be First Holy Communion for the Elect, there will be joy, joy, joy and thanksgiving.
Eating of too much chocolate? Is there even such a thing? If there is, it will be done at our house on Sunday.
2. What is something you feel too young to do?
I feel too young to subscribe to Senior Living magazine.
3. "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud...it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs..."
Of the characteristics mentioned in the biblical definition of love which do you find most difficult to live out and why?
Truthfully, I find each of them difficult at various times and with various people. It really depends on the situation I am in that is testing my love. My personal circumstances, my mood, whether I got enough sleep the night before. All these things pose their challenge to acting with love, but I try to be conscious of the call to love at all times and respond accordingly. Often, a quick prayer of "Lord help me love this person" does the trick.
4. What's a springtime flower you associate with your childhood?
My earliest childhood years were spent growing up in Hawaii, so I would have to say Plumeria. I remember stringing leis of Plumeria with my mother and breathing in their lovely perfume. The yellow are the ones I most remember, although they come in several other colors.
5. Ever sung karaoke? If so, what's your go-to song? If not and you're given the opportunity, would you?
Never have sung karaoke, so don't have a go-to song. I would probably do it if I got the opportunity, if enough alcohol was involved.
6. What is something you keep in a basket?
I keep some of my yarn in a basket. I like to look at it and have it within reach at all times. It's so pretty and I am the lady that is always knitting, so...
7. When was the last time you felt foolish?
I can't remember the exact time, but this is not a rare occurrence for me, sadly.
8. Insert your own random thought here.
I have a near phobia of closed doors. I prefer to keep all our doors in the house open and I am always a bit apprehensive when I enter a new place and am confronted with a closed door. Not knowing what lies beyond and what I may be interrupting if I open it makes me feel very self-conscious and uncomfortable.
Have a blessed Easter, everyone...