Now, why is this such a big production, you may ask? Well, we are all fighting for a chance to win the biggest chocolate bunny Chris can find in the City of Sebring. The chocolate bunny is great, but really we want to have bragging rights for next year!
The Sebring Family Egg Toss is one of the most competitive sporting events you will ever see. Although I mentioned earlier that kindness is a foundation of the Sebring family, I do want to point out the only person that would stick to that during the egg toss was our light, my aunt, Marcella Sebring. While everyone was trying to intimidate the competition, there was our sunshine making sure everyone knew how amazing they were or how solid their catch was. She was the champion almost every year, mostly by luck and just letting the egg roll to her! I’ve never seen a smile brighter or a laugh sweeter than Aunt Marcella’s on Easter.
Our family has been reminiscing about past Easter memories lately. My cousin, George Sebring, said one of his favorite memories of his mom was the year Marcella missed catching the egg with her hands, but don’t worry, her face caught it! Her reaction, of course, was the most contagious laugh you have ever heard and the biggest smile.
Easter is a day to recognize a miracle. A day to acknowledge that no matter what we see, feel or go through in life, we will always see a third day. Our ‘third day’ may be years down the road or 24 hours from now, but a victory is meant to be won by all of us. You hear the common phrases referencing valleys and mountains when talking about faith. Well, the Sebring family has been in quite the valley this year.
When I say Easter is going to be tough this year, that is an understatement. Our family experienced a loss like no other when a true light in our life left this world a little too soon. Aunt Marcella defined “sunshine” and truly made her presence known in every single room in the best possible way. The community came to us in a way I have never seen when our light dimmed in the Sebring family. The amount of hugs, food, texts, phone calls and love we all received helped our family to see through the darkness just a little bit more every day.
This valley has taught us to love hard, capture every moment you can and to always check in on those around you. We may not all experience what darkness is, but we can work as a community to better understand it for those around us. Valleys are not meant to be walked through alone, and our family definitely hasn’t felt alone.