This year, Easter won’t be the same.
There will be no gatherings of families.
There won’t be a big Easter dinner followed by dyeing of eggs.
Heck, there won’t even be the traditional Easter egg hunts at our local park.
No matter how you look at it, it won’t be the same.
I’ve talked to my kids, I’ve warned them for weeks this is might be what happened and yet their feelings are the same – they are sad, hurt and disappointed.
While my first reaction was to “cheer them up” and try to make it better, I realized I can’t. I shouldn’t.
We have to allow our kids to feel that sadness and upset because you know what? It does suck.
It is a sad time.
Our kids DESERVE to feel what they feel and have those feelings heard.
It sucks that one of the biggest holidays of the year, one that we usually spend with extended family laughing and having a good time, is ruined.
Yes, I know it’s just one day and it is temporary, but it doesn’t change the fact that it SUCKS.
My kids feel so alone (even though they have each other), they feel like family has forgotten about them (which is not the case) and they are sad that they cannot enjoy this day that is supposed to be fun.
Sure, we will do our best to make it fun at home for them but it just won’t be the same.
We have to tell our kids they have a right to be upset about it. We have to.