Friday, March 29, 2013

A Special Name ~~

For most people, Easter Sunday coming on the 12th of April simply meant it was about as late in the year as Easter can come.  Since it is not a fixed date, Easter can come from late March to late April on the first Sunday following the first full moon of spring.

Easter brings to mind new clothes for the youngsters, filling baskets with green plastic "grass" and hard-boiled colored eggs, marshmallow bunnies, and jellybeans.  Then there's the meal of baked ham and casseroles, concluded with angel food cake or coconut cake.  All this comes after the morning church services attended by some for the first time since the previous Easter Sunday.

On April 12, 1914, Easter Sunday brought special meaning to one family: another baby girl was born into their family.  They already had three girls, so more than likely they were hoping for a boy.  Therefore, after using the traditional names of Marie, Hazel, and Louise, what could they name this new baby girl?  Somehow she was given the name Easter Lily; after all, it was Easter Sunday and lilies were Easter flowers.

One woman, hearing about the name said, "Poor girl!  Can you imagine growing up with a name like that?"  Maybe it would be the source of ridicule among children in today's society; however, Easter was always proud of her name.  It was unique, original, and had a special Christian meaning for her.

Some probably think since she was born on Easter Sunday that she had a birthday every Easter, but as mentioned before, Easter has no fixed date.  By searching the internet and using "A Perpetual Easter and Passover Calculator", I have found that Easter's birthday coincided with Easter Sunday only three times during her lifetime, including the year in which she was born: 1914, 1925, and 1936.  She passed away in 1987.

I always think of you and miss you on Easter, Mama, and your name is still special!
Charlotte

12 comments:

  1. Awe, This brings tears to my eyes.. Happy Birthday to your mama in heaven. I love her name , it is so beautiful..The good memories are what keeps us going.. Hope you have a Blessed Easter.

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  2. I love your Mama's name. How special she was to have such a wonderful gift of being reminded everyday of our Savior and Spring.
    You have honored her name well with this loving tribute. I hope you and your family have a pleasant & Happy Easter! :)

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  3. What a beautiful story this is, Charlotte. Your Mom had a lovely name, and she was a very special person to recognize how significant it was. Wishing you a very happy Easter!

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  4. I so enjoyed reading your story of your mother's name. How sweet. I hope you will have a blessed Easter Day.

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  5. Oh, what a sweet story, Charlotte!And bless your dear mother..she did have a special name. She is smiling up in heaven today.
    Hope you had a Happy Easter!

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  6. What a sweet story of you mother! Such a lovely name to have! So heart touching!

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  7. Such a heart warming story! I bet you mother loved her name!

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  8. What a lovely name for a baby. I enjoyed very much your memories about your mom. She was a very special person. Great memories of Easter. I hope you and your family had a blessed Easter.

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  9. Well, i think your Mama had a very sweet and special name. Similar to little kids born on Christmas named Natalie or Noel, the parents were just celebrating the alignment of birthday and holy day with a very meaningful name.

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  10. A beautiful name from a loving family.

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  11. Awww.... this was so touching, Charlotte~ I'm crying now.
    I think we both had a couple of very special Mothers. ((HUGS))

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