It has been a tradition the whole family goes to the Easter Show during the Easter weekend. But I should have suspected that Jamie would want to go with his friends. “I am old enough and in high school now mum,” he reminds me. So Jamie & his friends went one way at the show, Makeyla and I went the other. We had a great day together, so family tradition can change.
I know it is silly to ponder that your child grows up and you are no longer always welcome to share fun memories with them. I have written about that before. But I have been to the Easter Show each year with the kids for as long as I can remember. I think there might have been an exception when I was pregnant with Claire, but that hardly counts.
Travelling to the show was also part of the fun. We, as kids, inevitability fell asleep on the train home and our parents would have to wake us before our stop. It helped living on the train line. Now, we have a train and car journey. But old habits die hard and I still fall asleep on the train. It’s embarrassing though, when your daughter has to wake YOU up at our stop.
Makeyla is not fussed with the wood chopping nor the produce displays. She prefers the showbags of course, the rides and the weird and wonderful that is the Easter Show. Which made me think when did I became interested in the wood chopping and produce. Perhaps, when I became the parent.
It still surprises me how expensive the showbags have become each year. I remember the showbags of years past when you got them for a few dollars and packed to the brim. Packed with new product samples and not the plastic disposable toys of today. At least we purchased the showbags at the end of the day. We saw so many other families struggling with bags early in the day. Mad! The sugar hit & rush!
I showed off by using the Easter Show iPhone application and it was really handy. Made me feel quite technological using it to map our plan of attack for the day. I hope the organisers of the show add more to it for next year. Including your own location on the map would be good. Save me from sore feet doubling back over same ground. Makeyla noticed the same ground, (I think) but said nothing.
One other family tradition the girls and I love are weddings. I remember as a kid the wedding of Prince Charles and Diana Spencer. I was still at school and Mum let me video tape the wedding on long play. I watched and watched that wedding. The tape eventually died, to my mother’s relief. I drew Diana’s dress from multiple angles. I had my hair cut in the same style as Diana. I wore the same frilled shirts as Diana. Reflecting back on it now it makes me shudder thinking of the shoulder landing pads we wore.
So we did watch the Royal Wedding between Prince William & Catherine Middleton last Friday. Now that wedding is a huge tradition for the English Royal family. Makeyla, Claire and I bored the household watching the wedding ceremony and the ride back to the palace for the couple. Thank goodness it was a Friday, cause it was a late night waiting for the kiss on the balcony. The males in the house crept away to play video games I think early on. But I was surprised to see my son Jamie looking over photos the next day online. I was going to say something funny about it to him but refrained. I just love this photo of Prince William & Catherine.
Do you have any family Easter traditions? Do you think the girls of today will want to dress or have their hair like Kate/Catherine?