Parenting on Easter includes Mother Nature


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In the United States there are a lot of holidays. Some dwell in the cold months, with bare trees and flurries of unwanted snow. There are others that show their heroism by saving the people from those cold days, bringing well deserved warmth and immaculate flowers to surface in the equation of life.

I can boldly tell you that what I said means little to nothing if you do not have a great Easter dress for your daughter and an elegant button up shirt with pleated slacks for your son so they can attend church on Easter Sunday. Going to church will mean a lot, but who wouldn’t want to look better one day out of the 52 Sundays of the year in celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Every year around this time, our church, along with others, holds this Sunday as a very important one. And as a Father, I have to make sure everything is in alignment with how our family will have to proceed before and after the service. Since we didn’t have too much time to visit the outdoors due to the previous months’ weather, my kids remain excited about going outside to either shoot some hoops or ride their bikes down to the stop sign and back. 

But it’s the outdoors that soothes us, mixed with the beautiful scenery that Jesus died for us to encounter. The fact that we can go outside without our toes freezing as soon as our feet touches the cement on the porch is a great thing to them; and I wouldn’t be a “big kid” if I didn’t feel the same. Yes, I’m a parent, but the simple fact that our existence includes the enlightenment we create for our kids makes being a parent even more spectacular.

Easter Sunday is about love and, well, the last time I checked I loved the outdoors and my kids. The glorious truth about family, faith and fun is highlighted on Easter Sunday. Our last Easter Sundays were filled with singing birds, the bright sun and melted chocolate in the back seat of our car. Oh how we love chocolate! 

Enjoy the world around you and appreciate life in the many forms of nature and on that beautiful day the sun is shining and church service is over, don’t let them get more Easter eggs during the hunt than you or you will not hear the end of it.

G. I. Barrett, II, a short story author, novelist, freelance writer and poet, is a North Carolina native and proud father of a son and daughter. He has forthcoming novels, including The Rise & Fall of Love’s Gravitational Pull. Connect with Barrett on Twitter: @therealgeneralb, Instagram: @wordolo_g and Facebook: facebook.com/therealgeneralb.

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G. I. Barrett, II, short story author, novelist, freelance writer and poet, is a native of North Carolina. He enjoys being a father and often considers himself the father of the year, every year. Being a dad has its perks. You get to shower your kids with love, food and the occasional evil eye. Every holiday enhances the relationship between a dad and his kids. Each month, Barrett will share parenting stories that focus on holidays from a dad’s perspective. When he’s not running down behind his daughter and son, or becoming a sturdy Stallion horse strong enough to carry two young and energetic cow-children on his back, he enjoys the family aspects of his community and incorporates his love for parenthood. Barrett has been featured in magazines and newspapers and believes painting the interesting parent picture with his “quill paintbrush” will help those who need reassurance that life is full of vibrant experiences.

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