Happy Easter and Buona Pasqua

Ok. Ok. So, it has been three days and I’ve already wished you Easter blessings.

I know. I knooooow.

But, don’t you want to hear about Easter in Calabria?

I woke up early Sunday morning (around 9:00, he he) to a beautiful sunny day. Sky had predicted thunderstorms throughout Italy – throughout the weekend. Since I am yet to see an accurate weather forecast from our beloved “cable” TV -I expected the best. And, that’s what we got.


I walked out of my bedroom to find this note.Β 

“Hmmm…” I thought.


“Should I go on?”

Being the risk-taker I am, I trudged onward and met my adversary around the corner.

He fought a good battle, but in the end was captured…

and, destroyed. After three karate-chops to the center, I had my surprise!

Yep. It’s what you think it is. My very own Italian Grammar Workbook – per stranierei.

The Easter Bunny had left his own notes for a special boy.

“This way…this way….” The arrows directed him.

And, there, “hidden” on top of the television, was Peppe’s Easter basket.

Ah, yes. Easter at our place is fun. We celebrate American-Italian style with both bunnies and baskets and enormously over-sized, surprise-filled chocolate eggs.

What could be better?

Note: I know this will be hard, but try not to judge the contents of aforementioned Easter basket. While some items were imported from the states, others, such as idolized Oreo cookies, were a rare find at local supermarket. And, the toothpaste? Well, let’s not talk about the toothpaste!

20 Responses
  1. Stephanie

    Hey Cherrye, is that the foot shredder egg that I see in the back of the basket????????? Looks like you take really good care of Pepe….lucky man…..

  2. maddiesmommy&daddy

    I just need to comment on the fact that you “woke up” and then went on this hunt. You have a picture in your jammies with your Easter goodies *and* you look fabulous!!!! Our Easter morning pics didn’t include me for a good hour or so. Glad you guys had a good day.

  3. Cherrye

    Running – Working on it. The chocolate, that is.

    Stephanie – guilty!! It is. My friend brought it from the states. I was looking all over southeast Texas for one at Christmas.

    J – ha ha…that’s what I thought!

    Yep, Arlene. That is Snoopy. Charlie Brown and the rest of the gang are on the back.

    Well, Brandi, did you see last year’s pics? I cheated a wee bit this year!! ha ha

  4. Tanya

    What a fun Easter! The “death” sign would have scared me but yes, you ARE a risk taker to follow it,lol.
    Thanks for sharing!

  5. red

    Damn. To think I was stuck in Rome in the rain minus an Italian/ Irish or American Easter. Very poor planning on my part.

  6. andreaunplugged

    That is an awesome Easter basket for Pep. Don’t worry, I won’t judge you about the toothpaste, I get (actually I ask for) stuff like that in my stocking at Christmas.

  7. My Melange

    Wow!!! Looks like the Eater bunny had his work cut out for him at your place πŸ˜‰ I would kill for that Italian Workbook for foreigners πŸ™‚

  8. LA Blogger Gal

    what a fun Easter!! We didn’t have anything this year. So sad, but oh well. I love the Colgate – my friend lived in Turkey for a few years, so I totally get the wanting certain US products.

    And I agree with maddiesmommy&daddy, you look *amazing* for first thing in the morning! Italy agrees with you πŸ˜‰

  9. Cherrye

    Ha ha…wasn’t it funny, Tanya. I suspected chocolate, but THAT??

    Ah, yes…Red. Poor planning. Next year you gotta come south!

    Andrea-I do, too. I like a combo of useful/fun things in my stocking/basket.

    MM – He was definitely a busy bunny. Peppe actually had to order that book. The “bad” side is it is ALL in Italian, even the directions. I know it is better, but…

    Thanks LABloggerGal. They sell Colgate here, actually. It was kind of a “joke” that they were in the basket because earlier that week, I had run out of toothpaste and he had just bought a brand new, unopened tube and I snagged it. We had been joking about it all week. So, I ran to the store the day before Easter and bought two new tubes for his basket. THAT same day, he came home and said, “Look, I bought us two new tubes of toothpaste.” So, now we have toothpaste coming out of our ears!!

    You are welcome, CD. I worked in New Student Orientation and Leadership Programs (and dabbled a bit in Greek Life).

    Thank you, Erin. We were good “cupids,” too!

  10. bleeding espresso

    Huh, all I asked for was a stupid Uova di Pasqua and Prince Charming (see today’s post) couldn’t manage that…guess I won’t show him this post πŸ˜‰

  11. midnightbunny/michelle

    Gosh, what an excellent Easter. Your baskets are overflowing with goodies and love. I am especially in awe of how Snoopy now teaches Italian Grammar. lol ;D Kudos to him and to you too. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  12. Anonymous

    ha those tubes of toothpaste remind me of when my grandfather gave me a huge chest filled with chocolate and other junkfood for my 13th BD. At the very bottom was a toothbrush and some toothpaste. Since we rarely ate junk food, it was a real treat. But best of all was the chest which was handmade by my grand dad. Set a tradition for the family and our cousins were v annoyed when they moved overseas a few months before they could get their 13th BD chocolate chest. h aha ha Vanessa

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