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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • TODD G. HIGDON: Beware of ‘flie-degees’ this Easter

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  • The weather should be perfect for this weekend and just in time for Easter.
    There will be a couple of Easter egg hunts on Saturday. The first one will be hosted by Crowder College’s Phi Beta Lambda (PBL), at 11 a.m. on the Neosho campus. They are expecting between 300 and 400 children, ranging in age from infant to 8 years. There will be three different egg hunts based on age: 0 to 2, 3 to 5, and 6 to 8.
    The second one will be the City of Neosho’s Easter Egg Hunt at 2 p.m. at Big Spring Park. That one is for kids 12 and under.
    I encourage families to bring their children out to these fun events.
    When I was growing up in Newtonia, Easter was a full day’s event. Prior to Easter, we got some eggs and used different dyes to color the eggs, anticipating for an Easter egg hunt around the house. And if was raining on Easter, the hunt moved inside.
    On that Sunday, Greg and I woke up early, headed to the front door and looked outside. Yep, the famous Easter Bunny had brought us Easter baskets filled with candy, eggs and some of the eggs were plastic filled with candy as well.
    After eating some candy, it was time to get ready for church at Newtonia Baptist Church. There were times in my life that the church would even host an Easter sunrise service. During the church services, there would be singing and a special message by the pastor.
    After returning from church, we had the traditional Easter lunch, which consisted of ham, mashed potatoes, green beans, bread and other fine food.
    After lunch was done, was when my parents, grandparents and other family members hid the Easter eggs for my brother and I to find.
    Some of the places that they would hide the eggs included trees or in tall grass or even under bushes, which I called “flie-degees” in my early years. You might ask, “Why call them flie-degees?”
    I guess that I was scared that there were bugs under the bushes and if I went to collect the eggs, they would swarm around me and bite me. Being as courageous as I could, I sat down on the ground, eyed the eggs and slowly went in for the attack. My parents sat back, waited, and anticipated me getting the eggs. And yes, it took forever for me to get those eggs, but to my knowledge, I only had a few times that the “flie-degees” came about for me. They just swarmed around me.
    To this day, I still chuckle about the flie-degees.
    Page 2 of 2 - I hope that you all have a safe and happy Easter.
    Todd G. Higdon is a staff writer and writes a weekly column for the Neosho Daily News. He can be reached at thigdon@neoshodailynews.com. Follow him on twitter at  @toddghigdonNDN

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