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An April Fool's Day to Remember

My aunt, now deceased, was your quintessential “don't believe a word she says,” kind of person. At least that is what I initially thought.

The night before, my aunt invited me and my brothers and sisters over to her house for a bar-be-que outing in her backyard the next day. She mentioned that other of our friends who would also be there and we immediately asked our parents permission which was given. A possible April fool joke did not really occur to any of us as it was not something that was acknowledged or celebrated in our home. So thinking it would be fun and a chance to get away from home to picnic and play with our friends who lived in her neighborhood and whom we had not seen for a while, we were excited.

On the afternoon of April fool's Day, which to us was just another day, we piled into our uncle's car and headed for the great event awaiting us. When we arrived, we did not see any other kids or inhale the aroma of bar-be-que, but thought nothing of it until we went into the house and auntie was still in her night gown. She apologized to us and told us that she was feeling sick and not able to have the picnic after all. Our spirits were crushed as our uncle told us he would take us back home as soon as he returned from an errand.

My aunt went into her bedroom and I and my siblings just sat sadly not knowing what to do or say. Then, what seemed like hours in retrospect, the doorbell rang and my uncle entered the room as did my aunt who was now wearing shorts and a t-shirt, yelling, “April Fool.” It took a while for the meaning to sink it, but then it dawned on us that it was all a hoax. We were informed that the bar-be-que was taking place after all at the home of another aunt who lived around the corner in the next block.

After recovery from the shock, we all enjoyed the day that turned out to be a glorious one. This day and every April fool's day bring back loving memories of my aunt and uncle.

Sat, 02 Apr 2011 13:57:29 +0000

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