Apparently, some of April’s showers arrived early this year, making it an incredibly soggy March. Hopefully, your family found many opportunities to dance in puddles with galoshes and rain gear! And if you didn’t, there’s always the promise of more this month. Use the showers of April to remind you to shower your family with much love and attention. Do so by celebrating some of the following holidays, or create a few of your own to make wonderful memories in the beautiful month of April.
Read a Road Map Week: Between the use of smartphones and GPS devices, families rarely pull out and unfold ye ole-fashioned map. For this year’s spring break trip, why not dust off the one in the glove compartment — or if that one is too old, get a new one — and go on an adventure, sans technology, with only the help of a road map? Before the trip, let the family plot out the course together, deciding which route is the most efficient or lends the most sight-seeing opportunities. Check out the library for some great books on map-reading, like “Me on the Map” or “Follow That Map.”
National Karaoke Week: Try out your voices with a family karaoke night. Pick out songs the whole family knows — lyric sheets are available online if you don’t know all the words to songs — and take turns belting out rhythms and tunes. Do a duet, try out a trio, or corral a quartet. Make a night of merry music and memories for the family to enjoy.
National Garlic Day: Combine little hands and larger hands in the kitchen to create yummy rolls for tonight’s dinner. Separate a tube of crescent rolls into eight triangles on waxed paper. In a bowl, combine 3 tablespoons melted butter and 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder. Brush the mixture over the triangles, then sprinkle grated parmesan cheese on top of the butter. (You’ll need about 2 tablespoons of cheese for all eight rolls.) Roll up the triangles, starting with the wide end, and place them point-side down onto an ungreased baking sheet. Brush just a dab more butter on top and sprinkle on more Parmesan cheese. Bake at 375 degrees for about 10 minutes or until golden brown.
Hairstyle Appreciation Day: Pull out old photo albums and share a few laughs at how hairstyle changes have occurred in the lives of the adults in the family. As you look at pictures of days gone by, share your own childhood memories and stories, and encourage the kids to reminisce about their younger days. After spending time with photos, decide if it’s time for a new hairstyle. Pull out combs and curlers and try a new style for the night.
Garden Month: On a beautiful afternoon, celebrate the gift of spring by planting a garden. Plant beans, carrots, cucumbers and tomatoes, and check the growth of your veggies each day. Then take a day to celebrate flower gardens in the community. Take a long, slow drive in your neighborhood, in those around you, downtown, outside the city limits, and end your adventure at the Garden of the Coastal Plain at Georgia Southern University.
Don’t miss the beauty of springtime with your family in Statesboro. Beautiful azaleas, dogwoods, Cherokee roses, yellow jessamines, wisteria vines and many others decorate our community in splendid array. Enjoy their magnificence, along with the beauty of family every day of April.
Statesboro native Julie Bland Lavender is married to David Lavender and enjoys celebrating with children Jeremy, Jenifer, Jeb Daniel and Jessica.