<"keyword Easter">Auntie Carol dressed in her Easter finest
with matching rose pink handbag and likewise pearls humbly entered
the church she regularly attends She smiles as she thinks of how
her rose pink brocaded jacket and skirt reminds her of how He rose
on that fateful first Easter The woman humbly walks down the good
sized room to find a seat. Lady Lynda ‘s friend and fellow
etiquette encourager was not surprised how crowded the place was.
Easter she mused celebrated the resurecton of Jesus Christ If it
wasn’t for that incident he would of been an ordinary man. That
even made all the difference in the world. she solemnly reflects.
The Pastor of the church “Our Holy Redeemer Christian church as
non sectarian. Auntie Carol thought that was most , most inclusive
way for a Christian place of worship to be The woman discreetly sat
down in a seat in one of the front pews. She was proud to be a
Pastor Charles Goodman began his sermon. He waved his hands
dramatically as he spoke of Mark Chapter 16 New American Standard
Version Updated. The chapter on the Risen LORD He gritted his teeth
and clenched his fist as he emphasized the significance of that
most important Biblical text. The clergyman chose Mark as opposed
to the other Gospels since Mark was the most direct in his writings
He quickly got to the point
Pastor Goodman grandly recited Mark 15 …. “The Disciples
14 Afterward He appeared to the eleven themselves as they were
reclining at the table; and He reproached them for their unbelief
and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who had
seen Him after He had risen. 15 And He said to them, “Go into all
the world and preach the gospel to all creation. 16 He who has
believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has
disbelieved shall be condemned. 17 These signs will accompany those
who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will
speak with new tongues; 18 they will pick up serpents, and if they
drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands
on the sick, and they will recover.”
The congregants reacted enthusiastically as the paster
repeatedly shouted “He is risen” The words “Amen ad Praise the LORD
Thank you Jesus wwere yelled through the rafters . Auntie Carol
joined in gleefully. She was overjoyed she went to the services She
thought of how spring was the perfect time for Easter Because oine
meaning of spring ws to jump. to rise from the ground. Likewise the
Redeemer rose on that crucial day
Afterwards Auntie Carol and her fellow male and female worshippers
enjoyed a delightful tete a tete
Lady Lynda and Seymour Toze’s Passover Seder.
Peseach Lady Lynda
“Feeing strange being in such an ultra orthodox servive. Out of
place but loving the piety of the observation.
“I felt quitereluctant going to this ultra orthodox sedar but being
a procrastinator this was the only one I could attend. As for the
rest of the local seders there was no room or prices too high for
yours truly. This synagogue “Temple Ruach” The space at the Jewish
house of worship was a long , rectangle shape with a long table
with rows of crystal dishes and goblets for the wine and other
beverages. The parts of the meal before the main course was on a
silver plated plate with divided section for each part of the
Unfortunately I wound up at the longest Seder I can remember. It
felt as if it was interminable. When I thought the service was
finally ended they started singing with gusto “Ninety Nine Bottles
of Mogen David” on the wall Geesh Every verse was sung!!!!
I made certain I dressed for the occasion You know me I’m so much
into dressing properly My loose fitting flannel navy dress was at
least two inches below my knees. I wore long sleeves. I didn’t want
show too much skin. Wouldn’t want to tempt the men there. Oh I did
realize this iwas a religious service but men I know are still of
the flesh. Even if most of them are engaged, with a girlfriend or
married Besides Seymour was with me I am middle aged but I’m told I
look much younger One can’t be too certain. The Gay and Lesbians
couples and other participants participated too.
The ceremony was like any other Sedar. It started with the blessing
In Hebrew the Kiddish. The Seder begins with the saying of Kiddush.
It’s to bless this most sacred of Jewish days. Kiddish means
holiness. When its said the Kiddush acknowledge the sacredness of
this holy day The LORD is thanked that he bought the peopleto
celebrate the holiday.
I felt a little tipsy once I drank the fourth wine cup of syrupy
sweet Magen David. I’ve participated in other Seders so I knew it
was the custom for each person’s cup to be filled by another
participant The other person was a servant The cups were drunk as
everyone reclined on their left side. Its suppose to symbolize
luxury and majesty.
Then we went to the kitchen sink to wash our hands. Next the meal.
It consisted of bitter herbs. In this case parsley dipped in salt
water. The dipping was to represent the bitter tears of slavery in
those years in Ancient Egypt. The Charosis was made of chopped
nuts, chunky apple sauce That part of the meal was meant to remind
the partakers there of the mortor.
We ate Matzah or Motzah if you prefer Its a kind of flat bread made
from dough that doesn’t rise. The result is a crisp flatbread. This
variety I could tell was totally vegan. Veganism seems to be the in
thing these days. I never saw so many animal lovers ever in my dear
life. I mean lovers enough not to eat them, I wasn’t surprised at
all the main course was a lentil dish. It was hearty and very
filling. Finally the blessing of the Pesach and well wishes for
everyone there Seymour and I loved being there . With the wine, the
delicious food, the friendliness of the people there it was a warm,
hearty, meaningful celebration. Tooleloo. Here’s to my partner in
arms and colleague Auntie Carol and her Easter celebration at her
church “Church of Our Holy Redeemer”
“Oh Seymour your royal blue worsted suit really brings out your
deep sapphire eyes” gushed Lady Lynda.
“Lady Lynda my dearest one. Your pretty navy and white floral print
cotton dress with the pert off shoulder wavy sleeves make you look
the epitomy of graceful womanhood.
Seymour gazed quite pleased at his elegant wife. He felt a stirring
in his heart but unfortunately he couldn’t tell if it was a hint of
fondness, pride or hunger pangs.
It was a full 20 minutes. No waitperson was there to serve them
Lady Lynda looked throughout the eatery for someone to serve them.
As she perused the establishment she noticed how the delightful
photos of the old country charm of Italy. There were photographs of
a male gondolier on a boat with tourists in Venice. There was one
of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. There were the busy streets of
The couple relished their closeness on the cozy leather seats. The
square table was the perfect size. The fresh-cut deep red roses in
the center was the right touch for a Valentine’s day lunch.
“Oh Seymour this is such a fine dining place. The waitpeople are so
helpful Do you know what you want to order?
“No not yet. I’m still perusing this delightful menu. Let’s see.
Hamburger con fromaggio. Flat Italian framaggio pies.
“Everything here looks so delectable. How in the world do they make
“This restaurant is highly recommend by gourmands.” commented
Without much ado the couple ordered the Valentine Special , two
Steak Pizzeola oozing with fresh tomato sauce made with chunky
tomatoes, sizzling onions and drizzled with pungent garlic on a
long Italian bread roll.
Ten minutes later the meal came. When Lady Lynda looked up at the
server she thought he looked rather familiar Then as she glanced at
him she realized he was the man who flirted with her at the New Age
Book Shop two weeks earlier. She remembered his aquamarine eyes
eagerly fluttering at her. She nervously recalled how he blurted
out adoring her long gold discs necklace. He called her girlfriend.
She beamed such a colorful man was interested in her. The woman
currently felt her heart sink. Seymour’s wife dearly wondered how
to handle the touchy situation. Especially when Seymour’ looked so
The waiter politely told the couple he hoped they enjoyed their
meals. He gave no hint of his earlier encounter with Lady Lynda,
Toze’s wife wondered why that was. It was only less than a week
since her encounter with him. But she admitted she was relieved he
didn’t let on their flirty experience at the New Age Book Store.
Then as the waiter left he slyly winked at Lady Lynda as if to say
“Let’s keep our secret. It was a charming interlude” Lady Lynda was
grateful his behavior revealed a true gentleman.