In the last century when I was growing up, Easter was a time for spring coats, pretty straw hats, and patent leather shoes. No little girls went to church without such finery.
I was reminded of this as I browsed through an anthology called Michael Hague's Family Easter Treasury [J 808.8 MIC]. In it are Easter stories and poems, bible passages, and lots of old-fashioned-style color illustrations. One of the poems that caught my attention is "The Easter Parade" by William Jay Smith.
The Easter Parade
What shall I wear for the Easter Parade?
A dress that’s the color of marmalade
With a border embroidered in light blue cornflowers
Like the edge of a meadow after spring showers
And a matching hat round as a top you can spin
And elastic to hold it on under my chin
And brand-new shoes whiter than newly-poured cream
With heart-shaped, golden buckles that gleam;
And I’ll carry a small purse of butterfly blue
With a penny for me and a penny for you
To buy us both glasses of cold lemonade
When we walk, hand in hand, in the Easter Parade.
Easter morning at the White House, 1940, photo courtesy Library of Congress.