Here we are at the beginning of April and there are big things ahead for the month, and for this blog. I am excited to say that there is a new face for the Celebrations blog coming, as we transition from blogger.com to a Word Press format with my very own domain! Exciting, right? During this time I haven’t been a very good friend to some, withdrawing from doing much socializing as I have focused on working with the site designer, coming up with ideas for new posts as I branch out from just writing about Celebrations to other topics. I hope everyone understands that this is something I have really wanted for a number of years and it is happening, slowly but surely. I am not sure when the final product will be ready to launch, but I’ll let everyone know when that day comes. In the meantime, I’d like to ask everyone to invite your friends to “Like” The Celebrating Every Day Facebook page! We will be having a drawing for a free product from Thrive when we reach 100 LIKES! More on that hopefully by the end of this week.
Now, here we go for the first day of April!
An Amish man lived on a quiet, rural highway. But, as time went by, the traffic slowly built up at an alarming rate. It became so heavy and so fast that his chickens were being run over at a rate of three to six a day. So he called the sheriff’s office and said, “You’ve got to do something about all of these tourists driving so fast and killing all of my chickens.” “What do you want me to do?” asked the sheriff. “I don’t care, just do something about these drivers.” So the next day the sheriff had the county go out and put up a sign that said: SLOW: SCHOOL CROSSING. Three days later, the Amishman again called the sheriff and said, “That sign didn’t help a bit. They are still hitting my chickens.” So the next day, the county put up a sign that said: SLOW: CHILDREN AT PLAY. Again, no change. So the Amishman called and called, every day for three weeks. Finally, he told the sheriff, “Look, your signs are just not working. Mind if I put up one of my own?” The sheriff told him, “Sure thing, let’s see if yours works better.” He was willing to agree to anything to get him to stop those daily calls. Well, the sheriff got no more calls from the Amishman. After three weeks, he decided to call the Amishman and see how things were going. “Did you put up your sign?” “Oh, I sure did. And not one chicken has been killed since. I’ve got to go. I’m very busy.” And he hung up the phone. The sheriff thought to himself, “I’d better go have a look at that sign. There might be something there that WE could use to slow down drivers…”
So the sheriff drove out to the Amishman’s house, and he saw the sign. It was on a whole sheet of plywood. Written in large, yellow letters were the words: SLOW: NUDIST COLONY.
April Fool’s Day – Nobody knows for sure – at least not that I could find – why April Fool’s Day is celebrated, but the it is generally thought to have started around 1582 in France with the reform of the calendar under Charles IX. The Gregorian Calendar was introduced and New Year’s Day was moved from March 25 – April 1st (New Year’s Week) to January 1st. Because news traveled slowly in those days, some folks were only informed of the change a few years later. Still other people, who were a little rebellious against change, refused to acknowledge the change and continued to celebrate the last day of the original celebration – April 1st. Those people were called fools by the general population, and were ridiculed. They were sent on “fools errands”, sent invitations to nonexistent parties and had other jokes played on them. The targets of these pranks became known as April Fish because a young naïve fish is easily caught. It was even common to hook a paper fish to the back of someone as a joke. This practice evolved over time and a custom of playing jokes on people on April first eventually spread to other places like Britain and Scotland by the 18th century, and eventually introduced to the American colonies by the English and the French. Today the more outlandish and absurd the joke is the better everyone seems to enjoy it. The trick is to do it with a straight face so the target believes you for at least a moment, and the earlier in the day the joke is played, the easier it is to get them to believe you. As the day wears on everyone is expecting it and it loses the element of surprise. Just a note: The jokes played today must be harmless and fun. They must not be dangerous, and certainly are not supposed to hurt anyone’s feelings. Think it through before you carry out any joke to make sure that it won’t cause harm – this is supposed to be fun! Happy April Fool’s Day!
International Fun At Work Day – I hope for everyone that you work somewhere that you have fun with your co-workers, at least once in awhile. Yes, work is intended to get work done, but there isn’t any reason whatsoever that you shouldn’t have a good time while you are working. I am pretty fortunate – we laugh at lot at my office . . . there is always something that can lighten up a mood if you are able to open your eyes and see it. My office mate and I find ourselves laughing throughout each day – sometimes at each other, sometimes at life in general, but the laughter itself keeps us sane and happy while we do our work. Have a wonderful day at work and please. HAVE FUN!
Tatting Day – This day has been celebrated internationally for over 12 years, and is always celebrated on the 1st of April. Do you know what tatting is? It is the skill of making delicate, elegant tatted lace. Thousands of people are “tatters”, and around the world hold different activities, mostly educational, to celebrate their hobby and show other people how to do it. I’ve never seen it done, but I’ve seen some of the projects that tatters produce and they are quite beautiful. My Grandma used to do some amazing work – I didn’t know it was called tatting though. It was amazing how she could make all those tiny stitches with those little hooks.
I apologize – there were several more that I didn’t consider to be all that exciting, and I lost enthusiasm around 10 p.m. I’ll try to get more sleep so I do better tomorrow.
This Day In History
1748 – On this day in history, Ruins found of Pompeii, a Roman city that was destroyed by the volcanic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D.
1778 – Oliver Pollack invents the dollar sign $.
1889 – Chicago marketed the first dishwashing machine.
1891 – Today in history, Telephone connections open between Paris and London.
1916 – First national women’s swimming championship held in the U.S.
1931 – Professional baseball welcomes its first woman pitcher,Jackie Mitchell. In her first game against the New York Yankees, she struck out Babe Ruth.
1933 – Nazi Germany begins persecuting Jews by boycotting Jewish businesses.
1954 – The U.S. Air Force Academy is formed.
1963 – TV premiers of soap operas “Doctors” and “General Hospital”. (I admit it – I’ve been an avid General Hospital Fan since 1982. I’ve missed very few episodes – and no matter how stupid it gets, I never tire of it. There – my secret is out.)
1966 – First World Festival of Black Arts And Cultures in Dakar, Senegal.
1970 – President Nixon signs a law banning cigarette advertising from Television and Radio broadcasts.
1983 – Protesters in England against nukes link arms in a human chain that is 14 miles long.
Food Celebration of the Day –
The Birthday of Sliced Bread – Bread’s been around for ages, but presliced loaves didn’t hit until 1930. Within five years, sliced bread was outselling unsliced, forever changing how we eat bread.
I am ready for Tuesday and all that the first of April brings! I may be a horrible April Fool’s Joke player – I can’t keep a straight face to save my life – but I do enjoy hearing about everyone else’s experiences on this day. Have a good one! God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow.