Loof Lirpa

IMG_1683   Norman introduced me to Loof Lirpa – April Fool spelled backwards. Rather clever,  I thought. Decades ago, one April First, he called an emergency staff meeting, sharing that due to increased competition from rivals, sales were dipping – the office/warehouse (he was in the beer business) might need to close and staff, furloughed. Understandably, staff were flabbergasted: What would they do? How would they meet their financial obligations? Questions came fast and furious… Norman had posted an agenda; the heading: LOOF LIRPA. He suggested that staff look at the agenda and see what they might learn from a careful analysis. After a few quiet minutes, someone shouted : APRIL FOOL! Ah yes! The secret was out…and staff, could and did breathe a gigantic sigh of relief. Years later, every April Fool’s Day, they remembered and ribbed him – even after he’d retired – about Loof Lirpa. I remember in elementary school how much we reveled in playing a joke on classmates …and then we’d convulse in laughter, feeling quite smug that we’d succeeded in besting each other. Our jokes, crazy questions, pranks were never created out of meanness – at least I don’t recall.  Just plain old fashioned fun. I looked up the origin of April Fool’s Day and found an article on History.com: https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/april-fools-day. And this: https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/holidays/g38986579/april-fools-quotes/ It seems that the news industry, including social media, takes April Fool’s Day quite seriously. There are all sorts of Loof Lirpa cartoons, coupons for fast food, gifs, poems, quotes, recipes, stories, tweets, videos, etc… Gretchen Rubin, prolific author of books on happiness and the very popular podcast: Happier with Gretchen Rubin, shares a story of introducing her older daughter, who was then about 7, to April Fool’s Day…you can read about it here. It’s a delightful story.  I imagine a 7-years’-old-soon-to-be-8 young guy I know might enjoy learning more about Loof Lirpa, this way, too. For me, I don’t have any Loof Lirpa tricks up my sleeve -but Chris, my 7 nearly 8 years old great grand nephew did: He made a bandaid out of toilet paper and pretended that he’d been hurt. Fooled his mother and grandmother and me and aunts, etc… I’ve enjoyed this trip down memory lane and learning more about this fun day, especially on a Friday that began with cloudy skies, now blue; the sun’s out; clouds are for the most part puffy, white- tinged with grey and the temp’s on it’s way to a high of 65 degrees. What Loof Lirpa stories come to your mind? Whatever and whenever, do enjoy! Cheers~

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Welcome November and NaBloPoMo: National Blog Posting Month. I believe this is  my eighth year.  I plan to focus this month’s posts on the theme of Gratitude: 30 things (at least) in my life for which I am grateful. As each day comes, it brings a host of everyday small yet very important things: memories, events, and people, etc that brighten my life…


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What better way to begin November than to celebrate Norman’s 85th birthday!  Yep, this “Kid from Chicago” is 85 today! We have no big plans – I offered; he said he’d rather spend a quiet, ordinary day at home. Wish granted! (Quiet as it’s kept: My vote was for a quiet-at-home day, too!)

Over the past month, I’ve not been very idle. I spent a lot of time looking at and trying  on themes for the blog,  sort of like trying on clothes, not on my “fave things to do” list… plus waiting for answers (via email) from WordPress staff.  Despite the fact that I’ve had experience with Word Press, setting up a blog from scratch turns out not to be as easy as I’d expected…however, thanks to friends Kat and Mary, and my niece Christian, I’m learning.

I also made 31 more story/scrapbook layouts. Some are included on the COLLECT photo collage that I’ll share over the weekend!

It’s good to be back! In fact, it’s great! I  look forward to reconnecting and spending these next 30 days with you! Thank you for being here. Know that friends are truly one of the greatest blessings in my life.