April Fool’s Day, A Day For Fools…

I’m going to keep it light this morning and cover today’s reason for pranksters to get out of bed: April Fool’s Day.

Nobody is EXACTLY certain where April Fool’s Day comes from, but there are some ideas out there. According to an article posted on history.com (https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/april-fools-day), April Fool’s Day, or All Fool’s Day, has no exact origins but some ideas have been proposed over the decades.

One idea is that back in the 1500’s, when France switched to the Gregorian calendar, some people were slow to get the news and continued to celebrate the new year during the last week of March and through April 1st. These people became the object of ridicule, having paper fish stuck to their back and referred to as “poisson d’avail” (April fish), which symbolized an easily caught, gullible person. That seems a bit harsh, since a lot of people still use the imperial system despite how long we’ve been on metric. I can’t imagine how long it would take me to adjust to a new calendar.

Some believe that April Fool’s Day is tied to the Vernal Equinox, or the first day of Spring in the Northern Hemisphere, when Mother Nature fooled people with changing, unpredictable weather. I can certainly believe that one as we tend to get some weird and radical extremes in weather, here in the Prairies.

There are some other ideas and thoughts on where today’s “festivities” come from, but the agreed consensus is that it has become a day to play pranks and punk the people in your life. In some circumstance, it can be amazingly annoying or innocent fun.

In school, we used to celebrate by making cut outs of small paper fish (I went to a French school as a child). In recent years, I’ve been the victim of all sorts of fun little pranks. I’ve had the sleeves of coats, filled with paper shredding. I’ve had and sanitizer smeared on my phone receiver then one of my co-workers would call me. Years ago, I had some co-workers in New Brunswick keep me busy while they wrapped my car in post-it notes, panty liners and pallet wrap. That one took a while to clean up!

Given how much darkness and negativity there is in the world these days, it’s important to take time to enjoy the fun stuff. To stop and sniff the proverbial roses, if you will. Take some time today to lighten to mood and enjoy a few harmless pranks. Obviously, if you’re pulling something at work, remember to keep it simple and don’t do anything that will interfere with your job’s work mandate.

And if you happen to be the type of person who doesn’t care much for pranks, well just bear in mind that it’s just one day and it’ll all be over soon. Just ride the wave, then you can retreat for home (where there will hopefully be no one pranking you).

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Shawn

I am a practitioner of the martial arts and student of the Buddhist faith. I have been a Type 1 Diabetic since I was 4 years old and have been fighting the uphill battle it includes ever since. I enjoy fitness and health and looking for new ways to improve both, as well as examining the many questions of life.

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