As a child, I was forced to stay inside the house from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. on Good Friday because my mother was very religious. We'd sit inside, eating hot-cross buns, reading bible stories about Jesus or quotations from something religious. I don't have my facts correct, but I think these two hours was the time it took for Jesus to die on the cross, depending on your source and I'm too lazy to look it up. Staying in the house for two hours was our annual attempt at experiencing similar suffering to what we thought Jesus suffered. I remember feeling tormented. I was probably a selfish brat.
Work was extra quiet today with most people at the end of their spring break or starting the holiday weekend early. I wanted to get a few items at the grocery store so before going back home, I drove the 10 miles down to town.
The parking lot was a mass of cars, carts and people. The aisles of the store were mobbed. There were no carts near the actual building -- all the carts were out in the parking lot slammed into parked cars and light poles. Check-out lines were long. Cashiers calling out for price corrections. Easter lilies in foil, chocolate bunnies, matzoh and kugel, frijoles refriedos and menudo.
I bought a few things and drove home wondering why my mom always made us stay in the house to suffer when we could have experience a lot of suffering at our local grocery store? This experience made me sad too. The powers that be have the general public right where they want us - throngs of chubby people mobbing stores spending money on stuff they don't need and sure as sh*t shouldn't be eating.
Easter used to be a holiday that meant something to me (suffering, hot cross buns and children laughing in the distance). That something was not just candy (though candy means so much to me now - I am anxiously awaiting the See's Candy Easter bunny). Now this holiday seems to be more about ham, jello molds, booze, green bean casseroles and lots of white food. They've taken Easter and turned it into Christmas.
Jesus was lucky to get out when he did.