Who among us has not participated in shenanigans associated with April Fool’s Day, either as a perpetrator or an unwitting victim? I sense only “ayes” in response.
Remembrances of long ago foolishness typically are warm and welcome, even if we were “pie-in-the-face” victims, perhaps responding with lip-quivering—or maybe even tears—during real-time “pranking.”
At the risk of unduly citing personal experiences—really, the only kind I’ve ever had—two “up close” familial connections with April 1 are herewith admitted….
April 1, 1980, was my first of some 6,300 days as a college president. Likely, I could have requested moving the date forward by a day or delaying it by one. But no; the beginning date was April Fool’s Day.
I made a foolish decision right off—according to the faculty association president.
He was critical of my scheduling a faculty meeting on a Wednesday. I asked him why. “You spoiled both weekends,” he said….
Two dozen years later on April 1, the third of our six grandchildren, Brittin Nicole Choate, was born. Julie, her mother, perhaps could have asked for induced labor a day earlier, or maybe could have delayed delivery until a day later if she had exercised more willpower.
“Poppycock on the delay option,” Julie said. “Que sera sera—whatever will be will be.”
Interestingly–and most sentences beginning with this word aren’t–she usually schedules Brittin’s birthday parties a few days removed from the actual birth date….
We attended her 11th birthday party held four days early this year. Much was traditional—food, balloons, cake, song. Some, though, wasn’t cookie-cutter stuff.
Wise beyond her years and a gifted piano student, she requested a different kind of party. “I really don’t need anything,” she said. Instead of birthday gifts, she asked six girlfriend attendees to bring gifts for “beautiful feet.”
And they did—gifting with toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, soap, shampoo and such–for Beautiful Feet Ministries, a mission for the homeless in Fort Worth. That’s special, worthy of admiration by family, and a party idea others may choose to emulate….
During the party, Brittin and her friends decorated flip flops, had pedicures and ate cake with footprints in the icing.
Her folks said she had a “mile-wide” smile when she delivered the gifts to the mission.
Grounded in faith with a servant’s heart, she already sees the value of giving….
Come April 1, 2018, her birthday will be on a Sunday, and a special one at that. She’ll celebrate birthday number 14 on Easter Sunday that year.
“How come Easter hops around so much, usually in April but sometimes in March?” someone asked.
Here’s why: For this historic Sunday—the day marking Christ’s resurrection and Christians’ most triumphant day—adherents are perfectly happy to readily accept whatever “calendar hopping” is required….
The blessed day is determined in a somewhat circuitous manner. On the Christian calendar, Easter falls on the first Sunday following the first full moon occurring on or after March 20 (spring equinox).
My guess is that Brittin will come up with an “extra special” birthday theme in 2018.
I’m sure, though, that it will be about Him, not her. And pervasive will be a spirit of thanksgiving that the same God intervening in the affairs of humankind throughout history is still in charge. The promise of Easter will be emphasized….
Hiding birthdays was considered recently by the Texas Legislature. The bill would have made birth dates confidential and exempt from the Texas Public Information Act.
Delving deeper, legislators realized that universal birth-date confidentiality would prohibit use of DOBs by the media and other public watchdogs in distinguishing “bad guys” from those who happen to have the same names. Investigative reporters have used DOBs to find people with sordid records employed where they shouldn’t be, such as in schools.
Had it passed, the law would have hit close to home. I am NOT the “Donald Newbury” convicted for his role in the “Texas Seven” for the murder of an Irving police officer 15 years ago. I’m the one born on September 7, should this fact ever be helpful to know….
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