Tuesday I will pick up Luke. He is the fourth of my 5 grandchildren. He is coming to spend Holy Week with me. He’s 3 years old so he isn’t really focused on it’s being Holy Week, he just knows he’s coming to spend a week with Mamie and Pop Pop. Of all my grandchildren Luke is most like me and is so very much like my second son, Samuel, who is his father. The last time I had him it got cold outside and he did not have a warm coat to wear. I went up into the attic and found a coat that his daddy had worn at age 2. Tears filled my eyes as I was transported back 33 years to the time that his daddy had worn that coat…so like him Luke is. Of my four children, Samuel was most like me in interests and it was always easy to entertain him as we enjoyed the same things and had the same bio-rhythm of being up early and retiring early. We could hike three miles of the Appalachian Trail near our home before breakfast when he was a boy. Now Luke and I bike 17 miles. All I have to do is reach toward the cupboard that holds the bike helmets and that little boy is standing by my side with his hand reaching out ready to grab his helmet, ready to go.
What will we do Easter week? Thanks to Ann, we will make an Easter garden. We will go to the woods to find “stuff” and come back home to fill the basket. I have just the right basket to use. I think I will get my guitar out and teach him a song and we will sing it together for sunrise service. (There are advantages to having your husband as your pastor!) We will go with a friend from the Caribbean to Mother’s gravesite and burn candles. That is a Vincentian custom. Hewitt missed Mother’s burial last week and he wants to visit her grave while he is here for Easter so we will honor her this week and talk about Jesus being buried while we are there.
We will color eggs and hide them for when Luke’s sisters come on Saturday. I will have him fill plastic eggs with their favorite treats. Hmmm, maybe I will make it a scavenger hunt with the hints tied to the Easter Story. His sisters are 10 and almost 6 so they will enjoy that. Oh, and did I tell you Luke enjoys puzzles? It is the last activity he did with his great-grandmother the weekend before she died. Perhaps I will look for a 48-piece jigsaw puzzle that we can put together with Jesus rising from the dead, and a more complicated one for his sisters. Don’t you all want to come?
Walking with Him Wednesdays,