Aptly taking its meaning from the Latin name, ‘Aprilis’ meaning ‘uncertain,’ the month of April has
undoubtedly taken us all by surprise, with its unpredictable and volatile salutation this year. Whilst
the cold weather was scarily predicted by the iconic Prince in his song, ‘Sometimes it snows in April,’
the distinct lack of spring-like activity has ensured that it has been anything, but stereotypical thus
far. Following the coldest month of record for 50 years, the forwarding of clocks and recent MET
weather reports have provided the much-needed hope we needed to look forward to brighter days,
discarding of winter coats and the end of the hibernation period for both humans and animals.
Now for the historical part
Whilst we know that April is the fourth month of the Julian and Gregorian calendar, there is a
dispute as to its origins. Some etymologists believe it stems from the verb ‘aperire’ which means
to open, (suitably symbolising the blossoming we expect this time of year), however there are
others who believe that it is named after Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love. Characterised by the
breathtaking diamond as its birthstone, the mood it creates has provided inspiration for amazing
singers such as Patti Smith and Ella Fitzgerald, over the years. Renowned for holidays and the
celebration of St George, (the patron saint of England), it is also the birth month for illustrious and
distinguished individuals, such as Leonardo Da Vinci, Dr Maya Angelou and Hans Christian Andersen.
Blossom, showers and school uniforms
In line with the budding flowers and gentle coating of tree branches, April usually brings the
scent of spring. Alongside the emergence of striking daffodils, unique wildflowers, mating
amphibians and agile chipmunks, April’s inherent beauty comes from the clarity provided by
the brighter days and the opportunity to venture out more. Watch out for the bears though!
‘March winds and April showers bring forth may flowers.’ Renowned for its energetic, yet
sprightly rainfall that is needed for growth and rejuvenation, April is famous for its showers.
Let’s just hope the rain gods are more selective in 2013, as we have certainly had enough!
Known as the only time of the year when jokers, pranksters and clowns are give the spotlight;
April rewards the fool! Well done if you have managed to escape the European fish pranks,
or the Facebook shenanigans. If not, probably best to re-group, strategise and be ready to get
your own back next year!
Although the Easter bunny has already been and gone, it is one of the unique moveable
feasts, as the time it is celebrated, depends on the movement of the moon. Typically
something to look forward to in the month of April, 2013 has seen it peak earlier!
For the financial guru’s, self-employed, or those simply struggling with debt, April is the
manic month which sees the end of the tax year.
April is the month to de-clutter your surrounding space, dust off the cob webs and make
way for new beginnings. Whilst it can simply mean being armed with a mower and duster for
some, others share a superior metaphorical understanding and use it as a time to de-clutter
the mind, get rid of the old and detox the mind and body.
Stereotypically known as the time when the kids change their uniforms and individuals start
to tackle greater challenges such as the London marathon, April is a month of optimism,
renewal and revival.
To help you out with your yearly spring clean, we have a few tips of our own, inspired by some
famous individuals who celebrate their birthdays this month.
Inject some fun! You may not be a comical genius, or have that trademark laugh like Eddie
Murphy, but greet each challenge with a grin and your haters with a smile.
Think magical thoughts! Like the illusionist David Blaine, try to think of new ways to break
new barriers, push boundaries and create a little magic of your own.
Power move! Take yourself outside the ring and try to think of ways to use John Cena’s
power move, ‘the Attitude Adjuster,’- you might need it with that new boss!
Kick butt! Pick up a new hobby, or something that will add some spice to your mundane
routine. You may not reach the capabilities of Martial arts guru, Jackie Chan, but at least you
can have some fun trying.
Visual Delights! We are all aesthetic by nature, so it’s important to look after the body parts
that remain covered in the colder months. Be prepared! You never know when Channing
Tatum, or Shemar Moore could come knocking on your door!
Reinvent yourself! Finally, for those who failed miserably with their New Year’s resolutions,
spring is the perfect time to try again. If you are looking for change, pace yourself. A
different hairstyle or new wardrobe may be just the trick; but be careful of going overboard
like Uma Thurman did in the film ‘Kill Bill!’
Stereotypical Rating 5/10 Still waiting to blossom