April Showers & May Flowers
WRITTEN BY ALEXXUS HART
It could rain for days and I wouldn’t mind,
I could strap on my rainboots and jump in all the puddles outside my house,
My boots would become full of mud and I still wouldn’t mind,
I run to the grass and feel it caving in beneath my feet
The grass is no longer yellow but it isn’t quite green yet.
My mom calls me in for dinner and sitting on the windowsill is a fresh baked apple pie.
I cut a slice of pie and sit on the porch, admiring the beautiful double rainbow in the sky.
I think to myself a lot these days
I question everything, like when will the grass turn green and when will the flowers begin to blossom?
My mom calls me back in for the night. I head upstairs and lay my head on my pillow, I shut my eyes
And I can see that the grass is green,
That flower buds are blossoming
I can hear
And kids playing
And now I realized that the seasons are changing.
April showers Bring may flowers
PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALEXXUS HART
Fluttering butterflies around my head
Love this time of year
Wind blowing while
Eating sandwiches at the park and listening to the
Seasons changing, oh what a wonderful time of the year
Pretty flowers blooming
I can walk outside my house to see a beautiful scenery I see
Nests being built and
Growing plants around every corner
WRITTEN BY BASHIR ADEN
Burning of A POem
WRITTEN BY DAENIEL DATU
PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHLOE HAAPALA
PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHLOE HAAPALA
Take It From the Team: April Fools’ Day History
WRITTEN BY CORI KRONSCHNABEL
April Fools’ Day - formerly called All Fools’ Day - has been celebrated for centuries by different cultures all over the world, but its exact origins are unknown. In the year 1700, people in the United Kingdom started popularizing the annual tradition by playing practical jokes on each other and creating fake hoaxes; however, some historians believe that the day of fools actually goes back as far as ancient Rome.
Hilaria was a festival of merriment and rejoicing that was celebrated in Rome at the end of March. One of the things it involved was people dressing up in different disguises. Another myth is that April Fools’ Day is tied to the first day of spring, when Mother Nature fools people with unpredictable weather.
One of the more concrete theories is that April Fools’ Day goes all the way back to 1582, when France switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar, also known as the Christian calendar. Some people in France were slow to get the news that the start of the year moved to January 1. They continued to celebrate the “new year” during the last week of March through April 1, and they became the butt of many jokes and hoaxes.
Fast forward to 18th century Scotland. The date started developing into a full blown two-day tradition, starting with “hunting the gowk.” Gowk is another word for cuckoo bird, which is a symbol for the fool. People would be sent out on phony errands on the first day. The next day, Tailie Day, involves pranks with people’s rear ends, such as pinning on fake tails or “kick me” signs.
Today, people go to great lengths to carry out their practical jokes. Radio shows hold fake contests or prank call people. Websites report fake celebrity deaths and outrageous claims of something absolutely crazy happening. In 1996, Taco Bell duped people by announcing that they were going to purchase the Liberty Bell and rename it to the Taco Liberty Bell.
In 1998 Burger King announced that they were now making left handed whoppers. Everyone across the world gets in on the shenanigans of April Fools’ Day.
Here are this month’s questions for the members of the Husky Howler: Do you like April Fools’ Day? (do you think it’s a fantastic holiday or just an annoyance?) Why or why not? And just for fun - what is the best prank you or someone else has pulled?
I'm not super creative with pranks; however, one year my friend gave me an oreo (my favorite!) only to find out the cream had been replaced with toothpaste!
I don't have a problem with it. If you can pull off pranks then go for it. I just can't do anything.
I haven’t done any remarkable pranks, but I have seen my fair share on the internet. My favorite one that I have seen was this guy who filled his friend’s house with plastic balls. I love seeing complicated April Fool’s pranks that people pull on the internet.
I personally like April Fool’s Day, though I do not take part in the pranks mainly due to the fact that I cannot come up with anything that would really make a good prank. But in second grade, two twins had switched classes to try and confuse the teachers. That worked for a little bit, even for roll call but the were eventually caught and had to return to their original classes.
WRITTEN BY LEO ESPINOZA
Lighten up, spring is here,
The summer winds are near.
With animals coming out,
From the winter mood, without a doubt.
The snow is melting,
The sun is setting.
Later than it did before,
Now it is time for a chore.
It is the time to get it clean,
To show off your good hygiene.
Spend some time outside,
With a bike ride.
The days are clear,
The air is clean in the atmosphere.
It is time to cheer,
Because spring is here.
APril showers bring may flowers
ILLUSTRATED BY VALERIE MECHA
By Kristen Leer
A Literary Discussion by Charles Bukowski
Lady Lazarus by Sylvia Plath
Happiness by Raymond Carver