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The COVID-19 diaries: Easter eggs

13/04/2020

For those of you not in NZ (hi! Thanks for reading!), last week Jacinda Ardern declared Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy essential services. Which was cute, but I was hoping for a pass this Easter. I’m a little bit bah humbug about Easter – I no longer spend the weekend going to the Catholic church with my mother, and I was never really allowed to indulge in the treats and had to watch my brother and sister scoff chocolate while I choked down the carob egg, which was always a little earthy and chalky and never convincing. I did make some buns, though! They were quite nice, but they did their inevitable trick of making my blood sugar levels high and then horribly low when I tried to correct them with insulin and a walk. To add to the cognitive dissonance, now that many of us have abandoned religion, we are approximating a European spring celebration in the middle of Autumn. All of the colourful egg pictures Violet and I taped to the garage (thanks, Jacinda for the templates!) blew off in wet squall.

I did go to the supermarket this morning, imagining the Easter rush to be over, but I still had to wait in a line for 20 minutes. This time I followed my friend Susan’s hot tip and brought a novel. I found myself reading Nell Zink’s account of the planes hitting the twin towers. It was very disconcerting, given the fact that I’d only just heard the news about the almost 10,000 dead from COVID-19 in New York City. I moved to NYC not long after 9/11 and can remember the time well, but now I can only imagine what it’s like to be holed up in your apartment, listening to the ambulances wail.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. 13/04/2020 11:53 am

    Funnily enough now when I go to our lovely Wholegrain Organics shop they sell these delightful carob coconut treats. They now taste completely normal to me. I think when Calico Pie sold them they hadn’t quite worked out how to treat carob. Still tell Violet I will need to have on my tombstone, Carob Easter egg giver! But you becoming diabetic corresponded to a time when I was learning about healthy diet. Easter Bunny was doomed. Sorry

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    • Anna Krsinich permalink
      14/04/2020 9:39 am

      Calico Pie! I used to buy their Rocky roads – soooooo good! Have never found others as good which is sad. The new organics shop in square edge feels having Calico Pie back, don’t you think?

  2. Brent Putze permalink
    13/04/2020 12:04 pm

    That was a good fun read. I had a carob Easter egg once…and only once!

  3. Anna Krsinich permalink
    14/04/2020 9:41 am

    Thanks Sarah. I look forward to your comics as a daily treat! Really enjoying them. Hoping you can find the time to keep doing them moving forward 🙂

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