APRIL AND TWO FOOLS FOR LOVE
By April, those of us in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula are so tired of snow, we greet April Fool‘s Day with joy. The month is almost always kind to us Yoopers. The snow has melted (except in the deep woods), the temperatures hover in the fifties or even the sixties, the red buds of the maples swell up ready to burst into leaf and the pussy willows open to show their soft white buds.
For the Viking and I, Aprils Fool’s Day is an anniversary of sorts. I was living in Upstate New York in 1994 and the date marks the day he called me from Nevada to ask if he was the Swedish hero in my Ladies Of The Lake, a historical saga reprinted by Amber Quill Press.
So April first is a romantic date for the two of us. And now that we’re living back in the Upper Peninsula where we grew up, April not only means spring is here, but also a time for us to celebrate being together.
I never imagined a book of mine could produce such a wonderful outcome for me. Not only did the LASR reviewer love it, Ladies of the Lake became a LASR Pick! Something brought the book to the attention of Jan Tucker, from our home town, who writes for a regional newspaper. She emailed me and interviewed me for an article.
The Viking’ s brother, who lived in the area, saw the article, cut it out and sent it to Nevada. Elmer searched for the book, read it, then found my phone number somehow and made that New York call. I had to admit that he was the only Swedish male I’d ever known well, so perhaps I had based that hero on him. We met in second grade when I “skipped” there from first grade was seated in front of him. He claims he fell in love with me then.
The phone conversation told him I was a widow and told me he’d been divorced for eight years. And we both learned that in July he’d be attending a family reunion in Lower Michigan and that I’d be attending a wedding there only forty miles away on the very same weekend. I think that convinced both of us it was meant to be, and when we met in July we both knew for sure. Old or young, spring is a time for love and we consider April is the most romantic month in the year.
Jane Toombs, the Viking from her past and their calico grandcat Kinko live on the south shore of Lake Superior in Michigan's beautiful Upper Peninsula wildrerness. They enjoy romantic springs, gorgeous summers, colorful falls and tolerate miserable winters. Jane's edging up on ninety published books and still hasn't counted her many published novellas and short stories.
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