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April Showers for May flowers

Posted Tuesday, April 5, 2011, at 11:06 AM

April showers bring May flowers, or so it is said. I think the showers started a little early, as we saw quite a bit of rain the last two weeks in March.

Most of the population is ready for spring weather to come and stay. I know I am. We have April and May and both months can be unpredictable.

This is the time of year when people like to start their gardens, farmers are getting ready to plant their crops and baseball and softball season are underway. The sports' fans have been getting cold as they have had to bundle up for the games that have not been rained out.

We have Easter arriving the last Sunday in this month. It seems later than usual, but it is a special day and maybe it will be warmer by then. We can only hope.

If you look on the calendar of events, April is a very full month, including Autism Awareness Month, International Guitar Month, Keep America Beautiful Month, Math Education Month, National Child Abuse Prevention Month, National Frog Month, National Humor Month, National Garden Month, National Poetry Month, Stress Awareness Month, National Turn Off the TV and Read Month, National School Library Media Month, and National Youth Sports Safety Month.

Historical events in April include the Establishment of the Pony Express on April 3, 1860; North Pole discovered on April 6, 1898; The U.S. entered World War I on April 6, 1917; the Titanic struck the iceberg shortly before midnight on April 14 sinking on April 15, 1912; the first laundromat opened in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1934; The Great San Francisco Earthquake on April 18, 1906, and Hank Aaron hit his first home run on April 23, 1954.

Special days in April include Find a Rainbow Day, April 3; April 7 World Health Day; Pet Owner's Day April 18; April 22 Girl Scout Leader Appreciation Day; April 26 Hug a Friend Day, and April 29 Arbor Day.

April's birthstone is a diamond (a favorite for any month), and the flower of the month is daisies.

Astronomy Week is the first week in April, National Library Week is the second week in April and National Wildlife Week is the third week of the month.

If you are like me, you had no idea April was such an eventful month. I know my son's birthday is April 3. Like all of the other mothers in the world, the birthdays of our children are very important dates in our lives.

Our son was born in Illinois and we had snow on the ground on April 3, 1970. Soon after he was born we moved back home to Manila, and I have not wanted to move since.

I hope as we go through this busy month of April, we can see days when we do not have to run the heater or the air conditioner.

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Revis Blaylock has been on staff with the Manila Town Crier for over 35 years. She has enjoyed making friends in all the areas that the Town Crier covers. This blog contains her general ramblings about events throughout Buffalo Island. She welcomes your comments and ideas for future stories.
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