It is April Fool’s Day tomorrow and it is the type of concept celebration that I don’t particularly like.
I don’t know about you (I mean most people think that it is harmless fun and usually it is!) but I don’t like the feeling that comes with making someone feel foolish or stupid; the feeling that your prank could hurt them either physically or emotionally.
I don’t like the feeling for myself so why would I inflict it on others and why should I enjoy their discomfort. I’m sorry but I don’t!
It is a bit like surprise birthday presents or parties where people pretend to have forgotten your birthday, sometimes all day, and then surprise you in the evening. The feeling of being miserable because you thought someone who supposedly cared for hadn’t remembered your birthday is horrible and hurtful. So no April fool’s day is not for me.
As a teacher it was always a difficult line to walk if school was in on April 1st like it is this year. With younger children I always let them fool me but as the children became older it was more of a challenge that you didn’t!
However I’m not really a stick in the mud with no sense of humour (Honest I’m not!) so in the spirit of the day I have written this poem, which is a bit of fun but I’m still not keen on the sentiment behind it.
April Fool’s Day
I was walking to school
The other day
When I saw my friend
Her name is Faye
I said, ”Hey! Faye how have you bin?”
She said, “Just fine thank you Jim.”
We carried on walking now together
And talked about the lousy weather.
Then I asked her if I might
Take her out tomorrow night.
She said, ”Hey! Jim what would we do?”
I said, “Hey Faye that’s up to you.”
I said I’d pick up at a quarter to eight
She told me I’d better not be late.
Then we arrived at our school
And I shouted out, “Hey Faye! April fool!”
Thoughts for the day; If people try to bring you down it means that you are above them.
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me!