April 1st

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Growing up, I think this was one of my Dad’s favourite days! In the morning (because the unwritten rule said pranks came to an end at noon – at least in our house) my Dad would have one of his favourite lines ready.  Usually is that a spider on the wall, and when you looked the food, drink, spoon, whatever was in front of you was gone.  Or the one we all remember, “pardon?… (then you repeated yourself) … that’s the second time you said that!”

Of course,d9bfe-07-07-2008-23-18-52-741 there were other April 1st pranks but where did this come from?

According to History.com “Some historians speculate that April Fools’ Day dates back to 1582, when France switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar, as called for by the Council of Trent in 1563. People who were slow to get the news or failed to recognize that the start of the new year had moved to January 1 and continued to celebrate it during the last week of March through April 1 became the butt of jokes and hoaxes.”

I think, this year, this is different. No one wants a hoax, no one wants a practical joke, there are too many serious things on the go, but I have to say I am glad I grew up in a home with a Mom and Dad who enjoyed life to the full.

We didn’t have much money, Mom still says, but we ate well, had vacations, and enjoyed every day!

Say, look at the crack in the wall behind you!!

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