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An Easter Surprise...

Well, Roxanne and I were kind of cooling it Easter Sunday, when I noticed a young girl up on our deck.  Now, this is a rather strange occurrence, in that we give Agripina and Isidro the day off on Sunday, and pretty much, nobody is supposed to be on the grounds...

It turns out that she is one of Agripina's relatives, and also one of the girls that you saw at our little Christmas--Santa Claus (Papa Noel) shindig in December.  So...I go to greet her, and discover that a whole bunch of people are waiting to see us at the bottom of the stairs...I invite them all up, and go to the computer room to advise Rox that we now have a houseful of company.

You know how Sunday afternoon looks at your house when you don't expect company, well ours wasn't bad, but we would have straightened up a little, if we had known we had Easter company coming.  Take a look...

 

Now, you sharp-eyed folks will notice that there is also a little angel in the crowd--the story here is that each year a youngster is selected for the honor of being the one angel in a float in a small Easter parade in our town of Manglaralto.  Fine so far--but the interesting part, is that it is always a boy, but with long flowing hair.  At this point, I am not sure if he is dressed as a girl angel, or supposed to be an enactment of a strong male angel with flowing hair...

Of course, we thought the angel was a girl, and when the crowd helped the angel remove the blond hair, everyone had a great laugh when we finally noticed that the angel was a handsome little boy...so we took a couple more pictures...

 One more...

 

The custom in our town is that part of the honor of being chosen to be the angel, gives the "angel" the opportunity to sort of "trick or treat" at people's homes.  All of the other kids were perfectly fine with the idea that the only person getting anything in his bag was the boy angel.  Well, we weren't prepared for a donation of an item, so we whispered if it would be OK to put in some dough...everyone responded that that was perfectly fine, so I dropped in a couple of bucks into the bag, and everyone beamed!!!

 This whole idea got me to thinking about Easter and Male Angels, so I Googled Easter and Archangels, and discovered a whole treasure trove of beliefs regarding boy angels...

Lots of folks believe that the Archangel Gabriel will lead all the worthy to heaven when the resurrection comes, and then the Archangel Michael resurrected Moses from his grave and led him to heaven...so there is plenty of history regarding male angels.

 

We are not quite sure that we have this whole thing right, but, on this Easter afternoon, there was plenty of good feelings all around--and that's what it's all about anyway, isn't it?

Posted on Mon, April 13, 2009 at 02:41AM by Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne | CommentsPost a Comment

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