April Fools

Where did this tradition get started? Some holidays are religious traditions, some were days set aside to memorialize great people or events, some have grown into an event because of the commercial opportunity, and then there is April 1st, also known as April Fools Day, a day for jokes, pranks, and silliness. Come to think of it, I think this is my new favorite. Thanksgiving used to be my favorite, because it is about food and family, with a little football thrown in for flavor. It’s kind of a toss-up now.
I like the idea of a holiday (actually just a day) without the consumption of particular foods or copious amounts of food being an essential part of the celebration. April Fools Day only requires a person to be clever and think up a good joke to tell, or a spoof to pull on someone. It’s no big deal if you forget. You won’t get pinched because you forgot to wear green. You don’t have to wear ugly sweaters or a pilgrim hat. You don’t even have to watch a parade. There’s no stamps to be bought, letters to be written and sent, decorations to haul out from storage and then put away again afterward. Nope, all you have to do is nothing.
I’ve seen great videos of April Fools jokes in the past. I never came up with more than a lame joke myself, but I’ve had a few good ones pulled on me.
The more I think about this, the more I understand why it hasn’t become a big deal – yet. There is no theme, no central idea to build on. Come on people, surely we can think up a color scheme and create something the card stock people can write a verse or two about. Once it’s in the cards, we have ourselves a holiday. Just don’t let anyone attach a particular food to the day. That would ruin the whole thing. Enjoy the jokes!

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About Barbara K Tyner

A graduate of UCCS with a degree in English Lit., Barbara writes Children's Literature and fiction. Her popular children's series, The Badger Books, is co-authored with Barbara's daughter, Laura. Her first novel, "Wait Here, Wait There" deals with grief and Alzheimer's, two topics that are very difficult to manage in real life. Barbara volunteers doing school programs and speaking to support groups. National Parks, hiking, and snow-shoeing are in her list of favorite hobbies.
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