Sunday, April 12, 2020

We don’t need no stinking Easter!

My family has three sacred holidays. The most important is Christmas, followed by Thanksgiving, and then there is Easter. Our family clan has gathered on the 4th of July only once, but that’s usually a “Do your own thing” holiday just like New Year’s and Labor day. And outside of the day off work, Memorial day doesn’t get much love either.

Typically though, we will have about one or two non-holiday family gatherings during the summer, but that’s about it.

It was almost weird not having Easter this year. I say “almost” because in recent years, I could take it or leave it. Traditionally my dad hosts Easter, and he’s gotten much older and crankier. Going over and helping him set things up is a true test of patience that I don’t have anymore.

He had a strong tendency to get pissed and fly off the handle at me for absolutely no valid reason. He would go off on stupid shit like merely asking, “Hey Dad, where do you want me to put the cooler?” His dementia fueled tantrums has driven me to the point where I have to outright refuse to help him set up for family gatherings.

So I’m not sad that Easter got the ax. If anything, it’s kind of nice that I didn’t have to put up with the stress of it all this year.

Hopefully you and yours are also enjoying a low stress Easter.


Thanks to Glenn and George for providing me with jokes this week. Our submission page is still open as is my email address at Please consider contributing a joke or two.

“When you’re 89, dementia develops. I mean, I’ve told a story onstage, and I’m telling it with a full heart, and I forgot the damn punch line.” ― Jerry Lewis



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