I'm pretty sure this was taken after Easter Mass on Sunday, March 29, 1959, in the backyard of my maternal grandmother's farm. I had just turned seven years old about a week earlier. I'm the oldest one squinting into the sun. My sister Debbie would turn five in April, Kerry would turn four in October and Steve would turn three in September. And my baby sister Theresa would be born at the end of May 1959.
That was a time when everyone wore their "Sunday best" to church and women and girls were required to cover their head with a hat or chapel veil (and sometimes as silly as it sounds...a kleenex or hankie if no hat was available). That was also a time when most businesses like gas stations, grocery stores, department stores and liquor stores were closed on Sundays. It was a time before big discount stores existed and most grocery stores were "mom and pop" shops. Some restaurants were open on Sundays. My dad managed one and almost always had to work on Easter Sunday and all other holidays except Christmas.
And so you see our new clothes we wore for the first time that year to Easter Mass and would wear every Sunday thereafter until the weather got cold. Our next new set of Sunday clothes were brought to us by Santa on Christmas. I think my dress and duster was a light purple and my sister's was pink. Looks like I was showing off my fancy white gloves and purse. And don't you love my Easter bonnet!
I don't remember any Easter baskets. I don't think we ever got one. Maybe no one did back then? I think we dyed eggs a few times with food coloring, hot water and a teaspoon of vinegar. I remember once that dad told me to use a white crayon and to write my name on the egg before dipping it. Oh, I thought it was magic when my name resisted the dye and showed up in white!
I only had Easter themed scraps enough for four little ticky tackies.
I think those scraps are left over from making Easter baskets for the grand kids over the years.
And that makes 254 little ticky tacky houses. I still need lots more. Memories will be written on the back of the quilt.
Happy Easter from Ticky Tacky Town!