On Neff Road: Celebrating many things in April


Amazing what things we celebrate in this day and age. This month we celebrate many unusual holidays such as: National Humor Month (that one cracks me up), International Guitar Month (time to tune the guitar), Keep American Beautiful Month (always a favorite), Lawn and Garden Month (set up because we are pulling weeds all month), National Poetry Month (try finding a word that rhymes with April), National Pecan Month (pie time), National Welding Month (for you Sparky), Records and Information Management Month (boring), National Stress Awareness Month (need that after celebrating all the days of April), Sexual Assault Awareness Month (worthy of recognition). Something for everyone.

On top of that, we have weekly celebrations: Week 1 – Library Week (visit your library) and Read a Road Map Week (how about Fold a Road Map Week), Week 2 – Garden Week (more weed pulling), Week 3 – Organize Your Files Week (again, boring), Week 3 – Medical Labs Week (let’s honor those people who are behind the scenes), Week 4 – Administrative Assistants Week (get those hard workers lunch and flowers) and National Karaoke Week (something to sing about).

You can go on to this website (http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/april.htm) and find absolutely something for everyone in April. If you happen to pass someone from the Advocate on April 4, be aware that it is Hug a Newsman (woman) Day. In fact, I am sure that if you love to celebrate holidays and celebrate them all, you will be busy every day of the month….and poor at the end of it.

On April 1, I will celebrate International Tatting Day and my Aunt Welma Johnson. In my linen trunk, there are several pieces edged with tatting by her lovely hands. Tatting was thought to have begun in Italy in the 16th century. It made its way across Europe in the 18th Century. Women gathered to gossip and catch up on the local news while lace making. It was a delicate art that showed off their soft, lovely hands and beautiful rings. I remember watching Aunt Welma tat. A craft worth celebrating.

Whatever you celebrate this month, I wish you well. In fact, even though it is not quite April: Happy Day of Your Choice! I wish you many more.


By Pamela Loxley Drake

On Neff Road

Pamela Loxley Drake is a former resident of Darke County and is the author of Neff Road and A Grandparent Voice blog. She can be reached at [email protected]. Viewpoints expressed in the article are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.

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