April is a month that is one that makes me smile. It
is associated, right from the beginning, with FUN!
I mean, don’t you remember all the silly pranks done
in the name of “April Fool!” Also, since this year,
Easter lands within April, we get the double extra-
cute items that make it an adorable month. Baby lambs,
chicks, ducks, baskets, colored eggs, chocolates and
other brightly colored images come to mind, when I
think of April!
Here is a cheerful quotation from Brazilian theologian,
philosopher and poet, Rubem A. Alves:
“Hope is hearing the melody of the Future.
Faith is to dance to it.”
Springtime melodies ring in renewal and hope.
Flower: Sweet Pea
1- April Fool’s Day
2- National Walking Day
Did you know that 3 walks weekly after 3 meals
are better than a once a week 45 minute walk?
A fifteen minute walk after dinner, can lower
blood sugar for hours. Along that same line of
thinking, it will significantly lower or reduce
the risk of diabetes.
April 6-13 National Volunteer Week
7- First Quarter Moon
On 4/13/64, Sidney Poitier won the Academy Award,
making this a historical event, as he was the first
African American male, to win. He won for his role
as “Homer Smith,” in “Lilies of the Field.”
April 13- Palm Sunday
I remember going to church and the wonderful song,
which includes the words, “Hosanna” in it. There
would be a parade of people, in one church the
children, in another the choir, all carrying big
palm leaves. In Sunday School, we learned how to
make them into crosses and also, to braid them.
If you wish to know more, you may look farther
into the subject online.
15- Don’t forget to file your Federal taxes,
if you live in the United States.
On this evening, look out to see the Full Pink Moon!
This also is the first day of Passover.
18- Good Friday
This is celebrated by many Christians, including Roman
Catholics and Orthodox Catholics. Some may commemorate
Jesus’ Last Supper, in some religions.
If you celebrate, enjoy the family, loved ones and
neighbors. Hope there is an Easter basket and egg
hunt, along with some fun activities. Do you color
eggs with vinegar and dyes? I like that acidic,
pungent scent. It leads me to memories and nostalgic
moments, along with present days with grandchildren
getting excited about these simple crafts and use
of crayons to make the dye show patterns.
My daughter in law makes the best deviled eggs
while my son makes the juiciest ham, with the
pineapple, brown sugar and clove combination recipe
that my Mom showed me how to make. My daughter bakes
a yellow cake with marshmallow crème frosting and
coconut sprinkles with jelly beans. I used to like
the lamb or bunny cakes my Mom brought home from
If you have a special tradition or recipe to share,
please feel free to place these in the comments’
22- Earth Day
Anywhere you live, internationally we all celebrate
Earth Day. In the schools around here, they will
sometimes go out on hikes to look for nature. In
the parks, sometimes a mayor or official will dig
a hole to place a new tree to celebrate our love
for nature. Other placees, recycling projects may
ensue, cleaning up creeks and paths where paper gets
picked up, along with the mess from winter’s winds.
Also, on April 22, the last Quarter Moon will be out.
23- Administration or Professionals Day
I have an older calendar, where Secretaries’ Day is
mentioned. I used to give the women in our Principal’s
office, little pots of violets in appreciation for
all they put up with from the students and teachers.
25- Arbor Day
This may be an even better time to schedule digging
a hole to place a new tree! I like to have little
seedlings to give to homeowners. I, also, have had
someone buy miniature trees to give to friends.
29- New Moon, it will be dark tonight!
The Paralyzed Veterans of America consider the month
of April to be Veterans’ Awareness Month. Check out
your community and see if there are any ways that
are planned to help Paralyzed Vets or if there are
any ceremonies or projects. This month is to help
raise public awareness of the unique challenges
that paralyzed veterans face on a daily basis.
I like to end with a couple of positive quotes from
“True simplicity begins when you learn to enjoy the
amazing abundance of what is already yours.”
“No one can decide how you spend your time, but you.”