Okay, so it's April Fool's Day and you've already most likely encountered a few pranks around your workplace, school or maybe at home.  We certainly have encountered a few here at KTDY.  But the month of April is about so much more, no foolin.'

Many believe the name "April" is derived from Aphrodite, the ancient Goddess of Love.  Others believe it comes from the Latin verb asperire, meaning "to open." This could refer to spring blossoms.  You know, "April showers bring May flowers."

The April birthstone is a diamond and the April flower is a sweet pea or daisy.

April 1st is of course April Fools Day, a day to fool others.  It's referred to as All Fools Day in Poor Richard's Almanac circa 1760. It's also National Fun Day and the beginning of Laugh at Work Week and National Humor Month.  A time to play those clever fun pranks on friends, family and co-workers.  But it's important to remember that your pranks are only clever and fun if your victims laugh too.

April 1st is also...

  • St. Stupid's Day in San Francisco, featuring the annual St. Stupid's Day Parade.
  • Boomer Bonus Day, a day for everyone over 50 (that includes me) to celebrate since Baby Boomers don't usually like to celebrate their birthdays.  This holiday creates a non-threatening celebration.
  • National Day of Hope, a time to pray for victims of child abuse and neglect. www.childhelp.org
  • National hug your Newsman Day
  • National Sourdough Bread Day
  • Sorry Charlie Day

Easter falls on April 24th this year and the month of April is also...

  • Alcohol Awareness Month
  • Child Abuse Prevention Month
  • National Sexual Assault Awareness Month
  • Animal Cruelty Prevention Month
  • Become a Yard Nerd Month
  • Cancer Control Month
  • Celebrate Diversity Month
  • Couple Appreciation Month
  • National Kite Month
  • Donate Life Month
  • Holy Humor Month
  • Jazz Appreciation Month (Get ready for Jazz Fest in New Orleans)
  • Keep America Beautiful Month
  • National Lawn & Garden Month
  • National Smile Month
  • Tackle Your Clutter Month
  • National Youth Sports Safety Month

(source www.halife.com)

Every tear is answered by a blossom, Every sigh with songs and laughter blent, April-blooms upon the breezes toss them. April knows her own, and is content. (Quote by - Susan Coolidge)