March 30, 2011
One of my favorite, fun holidays is coming up later this week, April Fool's Day. Though I am mostly quiet and reserved, I love to try and think of ways to fool my friends and family. Since I am so serious most of the time, people usually believe what I tell them, and I am successful at pulling off a good yet harmless prank. The biggest challenge for me is to keep from laughing as I play the prank! If I can pull that off though, it's a done deal. One of my favorite pranks was one I played on my late father. I told him one year that one of the brand new tires on his beloved pickup truck was as flat as a pancake. It was really funny to see how fast he got out the door to check on it! More recently, I got a speeding ticket on April Fool's Day last year. I was really hoping the police officer was going to say "April Fool's" when he got to the window of my car, but he did not. When I told people about the speeding ticket once I got to work, none of them believed me--they thought I was playing a prank on them!
What's nice about April Fool's Day is that you don't have to buy a card or send flowers, and you don't have to take your spouse out to eat at a fancy restaurant. It's just a fun, little day for everyone to enjoy. You can play a small prank as I did with my dad, or you can make it more elaborate. In past years, the news media has gotten involved as well. A British short film shown on one April Fool's Day was a pretty detailed documentary about spaghetti farmers and how they work to harvest their crop from spaghetti trees.
Be careful this Friday, and don't fall for just anything your friends say to you. You don't want to be the next April Fool!
North Oak Branch