Remember those days when we all wanted a new frock at Easter time? I do. As a teenager it was important to have a new dress, shoes to match, white gloves (absolutely!) and, of course, a bonnet with lots of frills upon it. That tradition has certainly waned, hasn’t it? Wonder what happened?
I guess the fast lane and more casual living happened, but we still have the Easter Bunny and Easter eggs, don’t we? All that is really fun and both are definitely spring time traditions.
In Goodland, the Easter Bunny makes an appearance at some point over the weekend and if you see him, it is a surprise for sure as he isn’t around very long.
We have another tradition too. We hang Easter eggs on the trees along our curvy entrance road for decoration and to remember those who came before us. When walking by we stop and reflect on relatives and friends who have passed away and remember all the good they did, especially for Goodland.
Betty Bruno was one such person who was so active in Goodland that almost everyone knew her and respected her. She was a real leader and even put newcomers to work on special events. One of my friends even told me, “We had just come into town on our boat and Betty had us selling hot dogs the very next day!” This was back in the 80’s when Goodland was smaller, but what a great way to meet people and get involved. Right?
Our curvy entrance road is named after Betty and her name is the first one on the memorial outside our Community Center building. Over the years others have been added to the memorial. Ronna Carter, Gary Knoebel, Irene Habermehl, Arthur “Bud” Kirk and his wife Kappy Kirk, Art Calvert and Goldie Simmons.
Ronna was active and some say the inspiration for the Goodland Gals who meet socially to stay in touch and care for each other and other Goodlanders. Gary loved to help people and was always there when someone needed him. Irene Habermehl had a wonderful willing spirit too. The Kirks were pioneers in Goodland and Kappy was the first Postmaster here. She lived to be in her nineties and just passed a couple of years ago. Art Calvert was involved in the planning of our new boat park along with others.
Our most recent addition to our memorial is Goldie Simmons. A longtime resident of Goodland, he had been a cook in the Army and was one of the planners of the early pancake breakfasts that we have now. Since I am relatively new to Goodland, Goldie is the only person on our memorial that I actually knew.
When we first bought property in Goodland in 2004, Goldie and his wife, Nancy, made a point to invite us to their annual New Year’s Day Pig Roast. We knew no one, but after attending we felt at home. Thoughtfulness counts!
So think about your Easter traditions and try to be thoughtful to others as well. Have you planned a picnic, a boat ride, a fancy brunch? Do you dress up? Do you remember those loved ones who have gone before? Whatever you do, we in Goodland wish you a very Happy Easter!
Joanie Fuller is the President of the Goodland Civic Association. She and her husband of 47 years, David Fuller, are residents of Goodland.