by Rex Keyes — April is here and so is spring. “Spring has sprung.” Flowers are popping up everywhere and the deciduous trees are blossoming and putting out their leaves. Ah, this is the time of warmer weather, some April showers and Easter vacation. Ah yes, the only blemish in the month is April 15, income tax day. But, what the heck, if you filed for a refund then it is a good day. Oh, I did forget to mention it is also a bad month for those who have allergies but a great month for those companies that sell allergy pills.
For surfers it is a good month because it is warm and there still are big waves coming across the ocean and hitting our shoreline. For school children they get a week off. And for most workers they get a pay raise. Did I say pay raise? April Fools!!! Don’t forget that day on April 1. One can have a lot of fun.
So what has happened to Easter in modern times besides some people still attending church? Well there is Easter vacation when lots and lots of people travel to some place to have fun, there is the Easter egg hunt for kids to have fun, there is the Easter parade to have fun and then there is that big Easter dinner with dessert. In other words, no matter where you are in the world, people have fun at Easter time. It has turned into a celebration of fun.
In April there is another day called “Arbor Day.” That is a day to plant a tree. The type of tree to plant is not a difficult decision. The best tree to plant is a fruit tree. That way later you can “harvest the fruits of your labor.” I did not forget “Earth Day” which is to celebrate Mother Nature on this planet. The best way to celebrate Mother Nature is to get directly into the earth by taking a good old fashioned hot mud bath. What better way to cleanse the soul and the mind but unfortunately not the body. To cleanse the body take a shower afterwards and then hit the hot springs and you will still be directly in touch with Mother Nature. Sorry, I’m getting carried away. I’m thinking of Woodstock and Burning Man and a secret spot in Big Sur.
There is one more special day, not too well known, in April and that is called “Humorous Day” which is April 19. So I leave you with a few quotes from that day. “I named my dog Five Miles so I can tell people I walk five miles every day.” “I’m so good at sleeping that I can do it with my eyes closed.” “Of course women don’t work as hard as men — they get it right the first time.” “Birthdays are good for your health. Studies have shown that people who have more birthdays live longer.” “They say we learn from our mistake — that’s why I’m making as many as possible. I’ll soon be a genius.”