Friday, April 1, 2011

April Fools

Today is not a very fun day for me.  Growing up with the name April, I have never liked April Fool's Day.  To have your name and "fool" that close together can never be a good thing.  But, I was born in February, so I guess I could have been named that.  My parents were very young when they had me and another name they had was a combination of their names, Tim and Angela,......Timela.  I think my grandmother put a stop to that.  Bless her.

My kids, my sisters kids, and my brother's kids are all named after a family member.  I love that!  I think it is so special  because it is a link to their heritage and a special bond with the person they are named after.  My daughter, Sydney Amanda, is named after my sister, Amanda.  My sister's daughter, Skylar April, is named after me.  My daughter is a lot like my sister and my niece is a lot like me.  In fact, Skylar is VERY much like me.  Some days my sister will call and tell me, come get YOUR child! 

Skylar is 6, but when she was 4, I brought something to her attention she didn't like very much.  My brother's twins are little pranksters.  Tyler loves to play jokes, especially on my mom.  He is fast as lightning and he will ring my mom and dad's doorbell and run.  But, he found out what really gets my mom.  Snakes!  He had a rubber snake and the first time he put it at her back door I thought she was going to have a heart attack!  Good thing he was near by watching and waiting for her reaction.  Timothy loves to tell jokes.  I always try to remember a joke when I hear one to tell it to him, but I usually end up forgetting part of it and messing it up.  Needless to say, these two LOVE April Fool's day.  They always have to come over or call me to tell me "April Fool's Day".  They worry more about seeing me on that day than my birthday!

Two years ago we were all at my mom's and the boys were having a fun April Fool's Day.  I looked at Skylar and said, "I am so glad you are named after me.  All these years I had to go through this day by myself, but not anymore since April is your name too."  Well, I am used to being called a fool all day, but she is not.  I kid you not, she wouldn't talk to me for about a month!  I knew she was mad at me, but being so much alike our personalities clash sometimes and we are always together so I didn't connect her being mad at me and April Fool's Day.  Finally after her being so mad at me for so long I bribed her to tell me what was wrong.  She, being 4, didn't quite get April Fool's Day and thought I called her a fool.  She told me every time she saw me, which is just about every day, that she didn't like her middle name and didn't want to be named after me.  I have to admit, it did kind of hurt my feelings.  I think she knew it because she finally told me she was glad she was named after me and she was sorry.  It was the 4th of July and she stayed right with me all day.  She wanted to sit by me and did everything with me that day.  I kept asking if I was dying and didn't know it because it was a rare thing for her to cling to me like that.  Guilt or whatever it was I loved being close to her all day.

It isn't always fun being named April, but I have one really big reason to embrace it.  My grandfather, Tom Ed.  He wrote beautiful poetry.  We lost him a little over a year ago and I will forever have a hole in my heart that can't be replaced.  I was the first grandchild on both sides and he wrote a poem about me for my mother when I was born.  My mom had it written in calligraphy and framed years ago.  I have it now.  The house we lived in when I was in high school had a finished basement and when we had company that is where everybody went.  If those walls could talk......  My mom had the poem on a wall in the bathroom.  It was always a joke that she thought so much of it she had it in the bathroom.  It was matted and framed in black and the bathroom had a black pedestal sink and toilet.  She always said she had in there because it matched and she knew all of our company would use that bathroom and would see it.   It is a very special poem that means so much to me and one day I will have to make a copy for Skylar.


Every day to me is April
Even in summer, winter, or fall
For April brought me spring
And I love her most of all
For in the spring the flowers bloom
And all the leaves turn green
Dead things are awaken
And birds begin to sing
I love her like my own
I love her like my Father
So now my friend I will tell you,
April is the name of my very first granddaughter

Do you have a favorite April Fool's joke?

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