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?
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