April Fools Day has always been just another day for me. Once in a while, when my children were small, I would prank them before they went to school, but nothing serious . . . :0) I've had several friends in my life who loved to play April Fools jokes on me, and they usually worked, because I am really quite gullible when it comes to pranks - I always believe what people tell me!
When we moved here, almost 20 years ago, the sweetest little woman and her dear husband knocked on my door to welcome me to the neighborhood. This sweet neighbor's name was, Eva, and I loved her dearly! She was a wonderful friend, who accepted me as I was, loved me unconditionally, always remembered my birthday, my husband's birthday and all of my grand children's names and birthdays. When I first met, Eva, she was 78 years old, and had more than 20 grandchildren of her own, and remembered all their birthdays! She was an amazing lady who was such a good example of charity, service, unfailing faith and love. This amazing little lady loved to crochet, and especially loved to make hot pads. If you went to visit her, you left with a beautiful crocheted hot pad in hand. In the last eleven years of her life, Eva made, and gave away over 3,000 hot pads! She was amazing!
Eva's birthday was April 1st, April Fools Day! She passed away last November at the sweet age of 98. I can't even express how much I miss her, she truly was one of my very best friends. So, April 1st, is kind of bitter-sweet this year. I have been thinking of Eva all day, and know that she is thinking about and still loving everyone she left behind. Happy Birthday sweet friend, I sure do miss you!