Easter is this Sunday, and many of the more than 246 million Christians in the United States will celebrate by attending a church service later this week and/or on Easter morning. Others will participate in the annual rituals of Easter baskets, hunting for colored Easter eggs, chocolate, and other sweets. And some may even have their picture taken with the Easter bunny.
Today we look at both ends of the spectrum, through the eyes of children. Angelic in her Sunday best for Easter April 11, 1971, is 5-year-old Vicki Shanks of East Toledo. Blade photographer Luke Black captured this sweet moment of Vicki in her Easter bonnet, with lace-collared dress and clean white gloves. Following an egg hunt and tearing foil from chocolate birds’ eggs, Vicki dressed up, including a small bouquet of Easter lilies, and prepared to go to church with her parents. After church, the Shanks family was planning a traditional ham dinner. By the way, that Easter Sunday was pretty nice, weather-wise. The temperature got up to 70 degrees, with partly cloudy skies.
Most adults can relate to the wonderment of children during any holiday season, and Easter is no exception. Jason Hanna seemed wide-eyed in amazement with his long-eared new acquaintance, as the two shared a seat in the home of Jason’s parents, Bob and Karen Hanna of Toledo. This archived Blade photo of six-week-old Jason was dated April 4, 1983.
Decades later similar Easter moments will be found in the week ahead. Some things just don’t change that much.
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