Every morning at seven, friendly Sam Kenner greets the day with a jog to a nearby track and field. He runs for thirty minutes before his work as a policeman. His daughter April starts her busy morning by helping the cook, Rosie in the kitchen. April looks after a foster home and six children. Once the energetic group leaves for school, April heads to a part time job as a legal secretary. She enjoys office work until one o’clock. Then April puts on overalls, she happily paints for an interior designer. This is what pleases April, a variety of sunshine in her life.
Four years ago, April had unfortunately lost a dearest friend Shirley Howell who suffered with cancer. Shirley was in charge of the foster home and now kind hearted April is adjusting wonderfully. She owes it to Shirley’s wise words. She would say, happiness is helping with big or small tasks and enjoy life’s variety. Time is too short so be productive whether it’s work or play and always think positive. These are comforting words. Now, April thinks of Dad, she meets him on Tuesdays at the usual coffee shop. She now sees his smiling face, he holds a gift.
"Hi sweetie, I have an early birthday gift for you!" She sighs.
"Thanks Dad, I’ll open it with our coffee." Dad and friend Helen love spending time with the foster children. Now, April rips off the wrapping paper, she opens the box to see a charming broach.
"You adore fireworks April! You light up with happiness!"
April warmly looks at the colour strips, pink, green, gold and blue.
"April Fireworks, I’ll wear it close to my heart!" April has a tender flashback, she and boyfriend, Kevin Teal cuddled while gazing at summer fireworks. Kevin, a policeman was tragically shot on duty. April has deeply touched sadness but she has been strong because of the love, support from six adorable children.
Now, at the law office, April notices a gift by her foster kids photo. It’s a red rose and an envelope with, April written on it. This is exciting for a Tuesday. She turns to a friend Julie, she smiles.
"Yes, I saw the rose April but I didn’t see who left it there. Open the envelope!" April is thrilled as she reads the note.
"Well, his name is Kurt Sawyer who has started part time work at the downstairs shoe store. He had seen me at the Snack Bar. I helped a friend get the right amount of money back. She had mentioned my name, I showed her the office. Lastly, he says he is a singer, guitar player at the new pub, Fireworks Frolic on Thursdays. He wishes to meet me, I’m a rose with a big heart!"
"How romantic April! I will go with you to the pub, ok."
April suddenly looks worried, she isn’t keen on meeting him.
"My world is so different, I have six children to think about."
Now, she takes the rose, note. She leaves for her painting job.
At home later, April greets the children at the door. Sixteen years old Nathan has made ninety in a science test. Grace and Josh are on the soccer team. Young Lillian Doyle is anxious to get her Brownies uniform. Teresa has something to say, she nudges April.
"Today, Peter and I met our teacher’s cousin, Kurt Sawyer who is a cool singer. He loves kids and he tells funny stories!"
April now is stunned to hear the name. She feels tingly, blissful. The doorbell rings, a cute delivery man sees April. His face lights up.
"Wow, it’s you, this is amazing! I’m Kurt Sawyer, I left the rose! Ah, I have a package for Lillian Doyle, a Brownies uniform. So, it’s nice to meet you April,.this is a fireworks moment!" He is grinning, April has a joyous laugh.
"Oh, it’s definitely April Fireworks!" She will call Julie.
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