Cumberland Times-News

Betty Van NewKirk - From the Museum

March 20, 2008

There is a reason to celebrate

This is the time of year when I dye hard-boiled Easter eggs. It is not a necessary activity; it may even be silly since I have neither children nor grandchildren on hand to hunt them. But, like the cookies at Christmas time, they are a part of the seasonal celebration and I wouldn't feel right if I didn't conform.

When the children were small, Bill and I dyed a couple dozen eggs and hid them under cushions, in the buffet's silver drawer, behind furniture, or mixed in with toys. Then, one year, the older boys decided that hiding was more interesting than hunting, and suggested that we parents should hunt what they hid in the second-floor bedrooms.

It turned out to be more of a challenge than we had expected. Those little fiends moved a full-size mattress to drop an egg into the spring in the middle of the bedframe.

They found an opening in the hem of a chintz drapery, and tucked an egg into the toe of a slipper at the very back of the clothes closet. Fortunately the eggs had been counted, otherwise we would have given up, and at least one egg would have been found by its smell sometime after the Fourth of July.

Some egg-hunts are community-wide, usually out of doors. Eggs are rolled each year on the White House lawn, and Bill told us about "picking eggs'' - one youngster hitting another's egg with his own to see which had the toughest shell. The winner pocketed the egg he had cracked.

Our eggs were colored with commercial vegetable dyes, but my parents remembered boiling eggs with beets to give them a rich red color, or wrapping them with onion skins to make a fascinating abstract pattern that ranged from ecru to deep mahogany.

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Betty Van NewKirk - From the Museum
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