OPINION

Ripley Senior News

Janet F. Smart
Easter

Hi, everyone. The Center is still closed and will remain closed until further notice.

My riddle this week is: What do you call a rabbit that tells good jokes?

The Jackson County Commission on Aging is still serving meals three days a week. Meals will be available at the senior centers and delivered for Meals on Wheels Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Frozen meals will be given out on Thursday for Friday and Monday.

Only one more day in March and then Thursday is April Fool’s Day. Do you often get jokes pulled on you on that day? My husband is fairly gullible, and I usually pull at least one on him.

I have my second COVID vaccination scheduled for April Fool’s Day. No fooling. I will be so glad to get both shots over and done with.

A quote for April Fool’s Day: "It is easier to fool people than it is to convince them that they have been fooled." — Mark Twain

April 1 is also National One Cent Day.

The U.S. Mint’s official name for a penny is “cent.” The official name used by the U.S. Treasury is “one cent piece.” In 1793, the cent (the size of today’s half-dollar), featured a lady with flowing hair and was made of 100 percent copper. In 1857 millions of small Flying Eagle cents were made and the ‘large cent’ became a thing of the past. The Indian head cent was introduced in 1859.

Teddy Roosevelt commissioned the Lincoln penny in 1909, which was made to celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s 100th birthday. It was said former Confederate soldiers were upset at the prospect of carrying the image of Lincoln in their pockets.

Ben Franklin said, a penny saved is a penny earned. Visitors at his grave in Philadelphia leave pennies for good luck. When you see a penny on the ground, do you pick it up? See a penny, pick it up. The rest of the day you’ll have good luck.

While in 1909 you could send a penny postcard, today it costs more than a penny to make a penny. But remember, one cent goes a long way if you collect enough of them!

Have you caught spring fever yet? We’ve been doing a lot of outside work around our house. Trimming trees and bushes and pulling out dead plants and flowers making room for the new ones to come up.

We’ll be celebrating Easter on Sunday. The real meaning of Easter is the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. To Christians, it is the most special day of the year.

I’m not really fond of them, but did you know that approximately 1.5 billion Peeps are sold for Easter. My favorite Easter candies are Cadbury eggs and peanut butter Easter eggs.

I leave you with the following verses about Christ’s resurrection:

Luke 24: 1 Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared and certain others with them.

Luke 24:2 And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre.

Luke 24:3 And they entered in and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.

Answer to riddle: A funny bunny!