I lost my dog this past week, (due to old age), and I am very sad. For over 13 years she has my buddy, my pal, my confident and companion. I miss her. I know I can never replace her, but I am a dog lover, so I am preparing myself to take in another rescue dog to love for as long as she is with me. For all of you animal lovers, who have lost a beloved pet, and know the extreme sadness of losing a part of your family, I hope this will give you some comfort: GOODBYE OLD FRIEND I will miss your soulful brown eyes That wakens me at six a.m. Your Howl when I do not rise. My shout at you to scram You followed me from room to room Making certain all is still okay Stopped to nap each time at noon Stayed next to me and did not stray I miss you old friend of mine I know you would agree You always made my life shine Thank you for what you gave to me So sleep well, my old friend So sad you had to leave I know that death is not the end But for now I must grieve BY PAULA
IS APRIL FOOLS DAY REAL?
“Everything is funny, so long as it happens to somebody else.” Will Rogers
Although the first day of April was celebrated for centuries by those playing practical jokes on others, it is believed that in 1582, when France switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian, and Hindu calendars, celebrating April 1st as the New Year, many did not agree with the change.
Those who failed to recognize the change became the butt of jokes, and called “April Fools”.
Others believed that “mother nature” initiated April Fools’ Day by fooling people with unexpected ever-changing weather.
Over the years, many have participated in April Fools’ Day and to this day tricksters come up with humorous pranks.
Some pranks not appreciated:
In 1989 a Seattle comedy show went on the air and said the city’s space needle had fallen down. Many believed it.
In 1938 Orson Welles, a radio announcer, convinced thousands of people across North America that Earth was being attacked by Mars. Panic broke out because thousands believed it.
I can appreciate humor. My father and my uncle both were humorous people. However, not everyone loves a prank, so be certain the individual you prank, is gracious enough to accept it with a laugh.