Missy Barrett's Adventures

The amazing adventures of a fictional child

Figuring Out Easter Dates

So everybody knows this year Easter and April Fool’s Day are on the same day, and that day is April 1st (as in this Sunday).  But last year, Easter was on April 16 and April Fool’s Day was still on April 1st.  And the year before that, Easter was on March 27 and April Fool’s Day was on April 1st like always.

This got me wondering how come Easter jumps around like the Easter Bunny but April Fool’s (which is all about being a fooler on that day) never fools anybody by being on some other day that is not April 1.

I asked my brother Josh and he told me I had to ask Grandpa Barrett because it’s all scientific and stuff like that, and plus you have to do some weirdy weird scientificky math that’s like this:

If x is the First Day of Spring and y is the full moon, then x + y plus other stuff means it Easter.

I said I didn’t get it and Josh said I probably wouldn’t because x and y are algebra and I’m not in high school yet.  I think he’s just trying to mix me up because I know that x and y are letters of the alphabet, not numbers like 1-2-3, and I knew that before I even went to kindergarten.

Anyway, I phoned Grandpa Barrett anyway because before he was a grandpa, he was a scientist, so he knows all about this kind of science stuff.  He kind of explained like Josh did except his way made way more sense.

He said that first you have to have the First Day of Spring, so that was last week on March 20.

Then he said you have to have the first full moon after the First Day Of spring, so that’s this Saturday, and also it’s March 31st.

And the next day, is Easter!

That’s how to figure out when Easter is and how come Easter isn’t always on the same day.

But you know what else I found out?  I found out that the full moon before Easter is a blue moon, and a blue moon is what you call a full moon that’s not the first one that month.  Like in March this year, there already was a full moon on March 2 so having a full moon on March 31 makes is the second one, and it’s called a blue moon.

My Grandpa Barrett said the moon on March 2nd was called a worm moon because of earthworms but I didn’t exactly understand how earthworms and the moon have much of anything to do with each other.  But I guess they do because my grandpa wouldn’t make something like that up just to mix me up.

But you know what I didn’t know?  I didn’t know that when my grandpa came over with his telescope on the last full moon and I got to see Jupiter and Mars and Saturn and Mercury and Venus and plus the moon, NASA called that a Parade of Planets.  If someone had told me that, I would have had a party to celebrate the Parade of Planets.  Now I’ll have to wait until that happens again but I don’t think I’ll have to wait too long because Grandpa said there was a Parade of Planets in 2015 and that was only three years ago, and a Parade of Planets in 2014 and that was just a year before the one in 2015!

So I’m going to start planning a celebration and I’ll get my grandpa to find out when the next Parade of Planets is happening, because I love parades, and I love celebrations.

I think this should be the Parade of Planets music.

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Ever Had One Of Those Days?

Sometimes you have days that go perfect and sometimes you have days that go not so good.  But sometimes you have days that make you say, “Hey, what’s going on?” because everything is so weirdy weird.  Ever had one of those days?

Today was one of those weirdy weird days for me.  First of all, I went with my grandpa to visit my Great-uncle Earl at the retirement residence.  It was in the morning at coffee break time except this time when we were over there,  Great-uncle Earl kept falling asleep when we were talking to him.  He never did that before when we were visiting but I guess probably all the hot weather knocked the Skittles out of him so he was sleepy.  Sometimes that happens to me if it’s superly hot when I’m playing outside.  When I go inside, I’m so tired I can hardly keep my eyes open except I do because if I don’t and I fall asleep, then at night-time I have boatloads of trouble going to sleep.

Then my grandpa and me, we went to this fast food place he likes for lunch, and I got the three-piece chicken strip lunch deal.  Except I got four strips instead of three, so I let the lady know there was a extra strip and she said, “That’s all right.  They’re small.”  That was kind of weird I think because my mom says restaurants order stuff by knowing how big servings are and how many servings the restaurant sells every week and stuff like that.  I hope she doesn’t get in trouble with her boss for giving me a extra chicken strip.

On the way home, we went past the same gas stations we went past when my grandpa picked me up except that all the gas prices changed in the little bit of time in between going and coming back, and every gas station changed the gas prices the same exact amount of pennies.  How weird is that?

The next thing that was weirdy weird was when I got back home and my mom was looking at my blog with a funny look on her face.  She said there were a couple of messages she didn’t want me to see because they didn’t feel right to her.  That was superly bizarro because who writes weirdy weird stuff on a kid’s blog anyway?

And like that’s not enough weirdy weird stuff happening all in one day, I asked my mom what she was making for supper and she said she forgot to take meat out for supper!  She never forgets to do that.  I didn’t want her to feel bad so I told her that maybe we could just have grilled cheese sandwiches and homemade fries, and she said that was a great idea (so that’s what we’re having for supper tonight).  That’s also kind of weird because my mom doesn’t usually make lunchtime food for supper, and she hardly ever lets me pick what everybody gets to have to supper.

So that’s how my day went (plus some other weirdy weird things I didn’t write about).  How about you?  How did your day go?  Was it weirdy weird or good or not so good, and how come you think it went that way?  You can let me know either here on my blog or over on my Facebook page or even maybe on my Twitter feed if you want.

P.S. You ever think the word weird looks weird?  Me, too.

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