My father could quack like a duck. I don't mean repeatedly verbalizing the word "quack", I mean he literally could sound like a duck. As a child I was amused and entertained by his ability to do this but, as I matured into adulthood, his mimicry became an annoying idiosyncrasy.

I heard on the car radio this morning that, according to a recent study, quacking like a duck is good for you; it lightens the mood and employs the same facial muscles we use to smile. Amazed, I sat in my car listening to the remainder of the story. . .

April Fools' —
a smiley face sticker
on the headstone

Haibun Today April 1, 2008

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