The other day when I booted up my computer I had the following email waiting for me:
You are pretty and I like your music, (but not as much as Justin Bieber). I try and read your blog every day, unless my brother Timmy doesn’t let me use the computer, but then I tell my parents and he gets grounded. I like when that happens. Ava you seem super smart and have an answer for everything, so I hope you can help me. I am in the 8th grade at Pine City Junior High and I am supposed to write a paper for Mrs. Tramm’s English class about Spring Time. Can you help me?
Your #1 Fan
Virginia (you can call me Ginny)
PS: Is Mr. Bricks a real person?
Yes Virginia, there is a
Santa Claus Mr. Bricks! And as far as your English paper goes I suggest you write about the origin of the phrase, “April Showers Bring May Flowers.”
Well Ginny in New York this year the way March ended up I thought for sure we would have April Showers that will not only bring May Flowers, but also The Pinta, The Santa Maria and Noah’s Ark! It’s been total muckery, and with so much rain having a boat is the only option for getting around.
So April Showers Bring May Flowers. I know this is a deep deep subject for your young noggin, but don’t fret Virginia, the Greek girl is fully capable of ‘splainin’ it to you. See, some monk in a room with nothing else to do traced the saying back to a mid 16th century proverb. Turns out way back in 1557 a dude named Mr. Bricks, no seriously although I think he is that old, anyway some guy named Thomas Tusser wrote, “April showers bring forth May flowers.” And OK, it wasn’t Mr. Bricks and it wasn’t a monk who did the leg work for me on tracking down the origin. It was Gregory Y. Titelman, who wrote the book Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings (Random House, New York, 1996).
Ok Virginia I know you are saying, Ok, Ava but what does it mean? Well according to the Cultural Dictionary April showers bring May Flowers means: Some unpleasant occurrences bring about better things.
As a young girl in junior high, I am sure you are an avid texter! So Ginny allow the Greek girl to help you out there as well. According to the Urban Dictionary it can also be abbreviated to “AsbMF” when texting, posting in chat rooms or forums, or even spoken in everyday communications. I missed that one the other day in my post when I spoke about new abbreviations in the Oxford Dictionary, but no worries, you can read that post here.
I hope this helps Ginny! And let me know what grade you get on your paper.
A NOTE TO ALL OF MY LOYAL BLOG READERS: I want to thank my manager Mr. Bricks for filling in for me yesterday with his clever blog. I was filming the video for my song “Gone” that will be out on April 28th. Now that I am back at the computer keyboard, Mr. Bricks can go back to the salt mines and work on getting me a record deal! Thank You Mr. Bricks.