Fooled You!

It’s April Fools’ Day. No it’s no joke, it’s that day of the year that people who have no sense of humor or a bad one have the excuse to use it. Please don’t get me wrong, there are some great jokes out there on the internet, Google usually comes up with something very clever but a lot of the other sites are more about quantity than quality. The day is celebrated around the world with some countries controlling the foolishness, by only allowing the jokes to fly until noon time (New Zealand, Ireland, the UK, Australia and South Africa). While elsewhere the jokes continue well into the night. One of the earliest references associated with April 1st or the foolishness can be found in Chaucer‘s Canterbury Tales.

Though there are no official rules of the day, there should be. Some jokes just shouldn’t be played on people.  Another thing to keep in mind is that just about everything said on April Fools’ Day is taken with a grain of salt (usually). People know this is a day full of jokes, hoaxes and foolishness, so why would you take anything seriously. With this in mind, it’s not a day for big announcements regarding life changing acts and it’s not the time for serious discussions with loved ones.

Think about it for a minute, how many times has someone played the “we’re pregnant” joke on you? I can name several times in my life, sadly all played by the same person. I swear when they finally are pregnant I will just yell “April Fools’!” even if it’s in August. Though Mother Nature is allowed to play April Fools’ Day jokes on us, like the April 1st blizzard in 1997 or the storm today other Mothers shouldn’t use this day to talk seriousness with their children. It’s not a day to tell your child that they were adopted or their Father is the Mailman. For those people thinking of telling a loved one or spouse they are leaving, today isn’t the day for that either, you might actually have to do the deed twice if it’s taken as a very “funny” joke. Imagine sitting you husband down to tell him you’re having an affair and that you want a divorce – that’s a good one huh? You’re most likely to be having the same conversation with them again on April 2nd. There are ways to use the day to your advantage if you think about it. Do you have some not so terrible news to tell someone? Think of something ten times worse, present that first and then yell the traditional “April Fools'”. After that you can say “No, seriously you’re not dying, but we’ll have to amputate your leg.”

It’s a day of silliness and good fun for the most part. Kids love it and though their jokes fall flat usually, they love the chance to yell “April Fools'”, it’s almost as great as “Suprise!” So, don’t get mad at them when they put plastic wrap under your toilet seat. Give it right back to them with mashed potato ice cream sundaes for dessert tonight or if you’re like us tell your kids that if they focus very hard, laser beams will come out of their eyes. They’ve been walking around for hours squinting at each other trying to zap one another. Oh the fun we have at their expense. By the way….April Fool’s!

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~ by Cute Fan Girl on April 1, 2011.

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