A is for Aardvark

A is for Aardvark!  Ok, that's not really what I'm going to blog about, but starting the A-Z Blogging Challenge definitely had me thinking about things that start with the letter A.  As a child, my two sisters used to crawl into my bed at night and we would play word games until we grew sleepy.  We had to whisper so Mom and Dad wouldn't hear us.  Most often we played the alphabet game, taking turns coming up with names for the next letter of the alphabet using animals, places, food, objects, events, or people's names as the theme for that night. Often one of us would come up with something silly and we'd all start to giggle, until we heard Dad's stern voice warning us to "knock it off and go to sleep".  Then we'd bury under the covers and laugh even harder! :-)  So yes, A is indeed for aardvark and for Atlanta, for apple and for aspen, for avalanche and Annie... and for awakening memories from a long time ago!

A is also for April... and today was April 1st.  April Fool's Day was my father's favorite day of the year!  He loved playing silly jokes on us.  When we grew older and moved away, he would call us early on April Fool's Morning with some ridiculous attempt to fool us, and then he'd chuckle.  It was a fun way to start the day.  One April Fool's Day when I was about 40, I turned the tables on him, calling him up and telling him I was pregnant.  He laughed, and then he grew quiet... "Not really though,  you're just joking... right?"  And then I had to laugh, because I had him going there for a moment!  I thought of Dad this morning as I was driving to work, and realized how much I miss him and Mom, not just for the big roles they played in my life, but for the little moments and memories like this one!

April also marks my daughter's birthday.  In just two days she will be 36 years old. Wow, that makes me feel  ancient! I remember being that age, it was indeed a long time ago.  Her middle name is Anisa, which in Persian means "Tree of Life".  As she grew into adulthood we became best friends, growing even closer in the last year that was so difficult for her.  This weekend as we celebrate her birthday, I am ever aware of what an amazing blessing she is in my life!  And that's enough A's for tonight! 

I'll be back tomorrow with the letter B... what will you be doing with your Saturday?

This post was also for Monday Memories, a place to share bits and pieces from our past.  I'd love to have you write something to share there with us too. Stop over and check it out!


  1. Love this post. I was thinking about posting about "aardvarks"... they do indeed start with "a".

    I look forward to the rest of your posts.

  2. Awesome memories Jos. I love your posts about your life as a child. You have the ability to write so that the reader feels "there". I too am off to write a B post...hmmm.

    Happy Saturday. I hope you aren't working today. Hugs, old friend. :)

  3. I remember playing word games in bed and giggling and my dad coming in with the warnings. I don't have the fun memories like yours with April Fools pranks, but I have others. Like the love of comic books I shared with my dad.

    Happy weekend!

  4. Sounds like you have fun growing up with sisters. I had four of my own growing up and we're even closer now.

  5. Such wonderful memories you shared with us here. You should post this at the Monday Memories site.

    Look forward to checking back.

  6. Fun post. My father could be stern, but he also had a great and often wacky sense of humor.

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  7. Thank you for sharing your memories. I really enjoyed hearing about you telling your father you were pregnant at 40! Hilarious!

  8. What a beautiful memory of your sisters!

    The April 1st joke was a good one. I'm filing it away for future reference. :)

  9. Very very nice Josie...
    You really do have a way about you with story telling !
    We enjoyed the read !

  10. Actually her from Writing A Letter Wednesday. But also do the A-Z Chanellge as well.
    Love your story.

  11. That is so sweet. Your bedtime antics and your Dad. I can just see you sneaking in to bed together, hehe. My Dad only ever gt annoyed with us when he couldn't hear the news on the TV at night and we were frolicking around. He missed the point that we were actually having fun instead of fighting. Hehe.Poor Dad.


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