Field Law - April 2020

April 2020

Celebrating Easter Sunday From Deviled Eggs to Tackling the Neighbor’s Tree Notes FromThe Field 818-369-7900

I think Easter can be enjoyed by everyone, no matter what their traditions might be. As the trees start to turn green again and flowers come up, Easter marks the peak of the spring season and reminds us all of the new beginnings it ushers in. The beauty of spring is especially welcome after a long winter. For me, Easter means summer is just around the corner, which is my favorite season, but it also represents family. Easter has always been a very important holiday in my home because it’s really all about enjoying the time we spend with family, and it’s been this way since I was a kid. I grew up in a ministers’ home — both of my parents were ministers — so Easter Service was always a big deal. My family would wake up super early on Easter Sunday, right at sunrise, and then we’d head to church a few hours later. As a kid, I never understood why we had to wake up so early. I mean yeah, I got that my parents needed to prep for the big day, but my young self didn’t understand why we couldn’t sleep in later either. After we got home from church, we spent the rest of the morning eating breakfast and getting ready for the family to come over. The remainder of the holiday was spent with family, which usually included my siblings, mom, dad, and some other relatives. My brother and I usually wanted to be outside, throwing a football around. We’d head outside to play tag football in the front yard with a few other neighborhood kids who were around. One neighbor had a small pine tree in her yard, and whenever we’d start to play, I remember that my parents would get a call from her saying, “The boys are tackling my tree again!” I don’t remember tackling the tree, but I’m sure my parents could tell a few stories.

Later in the day, we’d have a huge family meal, and the two dishes I always looked forward to having were my mom’s deviled eggs and mac and cheese, which she still makes to this day. As far back as I can remember, my mom has been making these two side dishes each year for Easter (and Thanksgiving and Christmas and just because.) It’s definitely a family tradition at this point. We might have a roast or ham for the main course, but no matter what we have, we’ll always find Mom’s mac and cheese and deviled eggs sitting right next to it on the table. While I’ve never tried to make the dishes myself, my son tried his hand at making deviled eggs with my mom a couple of years ago when he was 9. He wanted to make them for me because — I admit — I do talk about how much I look forward to them this time of year, and he did a pretty good job. They didn’t turn out as perfect as my mom’s, but for his first try, they were pretty dang close. The white of the egg was falling apart on a majority of the eggs, but

they were still very tasty. For a 9-year-old, he knocked it out of the park.

Easter is still a really big day for my family, especially when we have other relatives come to town. We usually have my family, my brother’s family, my sisters’ family, and my parents over, which can amount to as many as 20 people all hanging out on Easter Sunday, watching golf, catching up, and enjoying our Easter meal traditions. That said ... I know these are difficult times for each and everyone of us. Our family gathering may not happen this year and from a place of love, that’s okay. My hope and prayer is that you will be safe and healthy. My deepest belief is we will get through this, together … Summer is just around the corner.

All my best to you, | 1

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