Easter Egg Coloring Burnout
by Weam Namou
Easter is coming up so I did what mothers do days before the great holiday – I had my kids color eggs. I prepared the table, had the six color dying tablets ready, adding a tablespoon of vinegar to make the colors more vibrant. Everything was perfect until my oldest niece, in an attempt to help me, knocked down the crystal bowl of green water. My entire kitchen tile was green and had shinning tiny crystal scattered throughout. I warned the kids to keep their feet on the chair as I cleaned up the mess. My niece rushed to the bathroom where I suspect from the length she stayed there, she was crying.
My son was crying as well. “I wanted the color green! It’s my favorite color!”
My mother tried to help by asking irrelevant questions like, “Why did you pick today of all days to color eggs?” And, “Why don’t you see why your son is crying?”
I gritted my teeth and brought everyone sandals as I continued to scrimmage for glass on the floor. In no time I heard complaints of “The eggs are finished! Bring us more!”
As if I could simply turn on the faucet and boiled eggs pop out.
On a more pleasant note – the custom of the Easter egg originated amongst the early Christians of Mesopotamia, who stained eggs red in memory of the blood of Christ, shed at his crucifixion. The Christian Church officially adopted the custom, regarding the eggs as a symbol of the resurrection; in A.D. 1610, Pope Paul V proclaimed the following prayer.
Eggs, in general, were a traditional symbol of fertility, and rebirth, pre-dating Christian traditions. The practice of decorating eggshell is ancient. Ostrich eggs with engraved decoration that are 60,000 years old have been found in Africa. Decorated ostrich eggs, and representations of ostrich eggs in gold and silver, were commonly placed in graves of the ancient Sumerians and Egyptians as early as 5,000 years ago.
Have a wonderful Easter everyone!
OMG….i love this video i watched it several times and couldn’t stop laughing…and about your mom…please my daughter and i said that my mom wouldv’e said the exact same thing Lol good job.
Yeah, there’s a lot more she said. I just included the nicest I could find from the bunch.
Oh, I know at the time it was not at all funny, to say the least, but being the mother of two and grandmother of 4, I had to laugh heartily at this! I also enjoyed reading about the past history of Easter eggs. Interestingly, I was coloring some myself tonight and made 2 red ones that came out a very deep red, and I didn’t think that was very inline with Easter. But I guess that it is very fitting, as it turns out. 😀
Cheers to our eggs!
cheers!!! i pass on eggs every year! boring mommy i am!!
I could hear Nana’s voice going into the “should’ve, could’ve” thing she does!! ” Why did you leave the baby there? Take the baby out, he’s crying!” “Why are you taking him ou? Leave the baby in, so what if he’s crying?” “Whip your boob out! He’s hungry!” Of course, this is all in Chaldean. But still.
Passing on eggs? Smart move! As for my mom/yoru nanna, you really got it down pat! What you wrote made me laugh so hard – especially the part about the boob – I’m thinking to start jotting down all her instructions/criticisms/complaints and turn them into a little humor book for future generations. I’m sure your sons (or their future wives or children) will get a kick out of it.
I definitely think you should do this project. If not for the world, for the Naimou family!! I will never forget when she slyly dumped her old coffee into Amy’s cup of unfinished coffee so she could pop in her mug. HAHAHA!!
I think I’m going to have to interview about your interesting observations that I wasn’t aware of.
Weam, the funny thing I asked my sixteen year old if he want me to color eggs, he said no, mom don’t waste your time, enjoy them while their young!
Next time Fatin, I’m inviting you to my house to help out 🙂