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April 11, 2013

On The Bright Side Mary Howell

Filed under: Mary Howell — Freddie Keel @ 6:40 am


April is one of the most beautiful times of the year in East Texas.  Flowers are in bloom and fruit trees are in blossom.  The roadsides are full of colorful flowers such as bluebonnets and Indian paintbrush and red clover.


April was the second month in an early Roman calendar but became the 4th month when the ancient Romans started using January as the first month.


Birds and bees and butterflies begin to gather nectar from the first flowers of the season.


Special days in April are April’s Fools Day which is celebrated with children playing tricks on each other.


In some years, Easter occurs in April but in 2013, Easter arrived on March 31 which was the first Sunday after the fourth full moon of the year. Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ, thus making it the most important Christian day of the year. 


The diamond is the birthstone for the month of April.  The daisy and the sweet pea are the flowers of the month.


Some important events have occurred in April.  The Revolutionary War began in America on April 19, 1775.  The Vietnam War ended on April 30, 1975 when the South Vietnam surrendered.  The first Pony Express service began in 1860.  Congress adopted the flag with 13 strips and one star for each state in 1818.  Joseph Smith founded the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Fayette, NY in 1830.  The U S declared war on Germany in WWI 1917.  Henry Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s career major league home run record in 1974.


Yuri Gagarin, Soviet astronaut became the first person to orbit the earth in 1961.  The sea liner Titanic struck an iceberg and sank in 1912.  Paul Revere made his famous ride in April.  The Library of congress began in 1860.  George Washington was inaugurated as the first president of the United States in 1789.


In my personal life, April has brought joys and sorrow to me.  It was twenty-six years ago that my life changed forever.  A fall left me a quadriplegic.  With God’s help and love, I can still have a life on the bright side.


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