I am not a fan of April Fool’s Day. I’m not a fan of pranks in general. I know. I’m no fun.
But here is the gist of it. No matter how good-natured you think your prank or idea is, someone has to be the butt of the joke – the fool.
I don’t want to spend my entire day on guard because anything and everything might be a prank.
I don’t want to think my friends are “out to get me.” Paranoia is exhausting.
I don’t want to make anyone feel foolish or stupid or anything bad at all. I don’t want to feel that way either. I just think that a holiday dedicated to making other people look and feel foolish is a waste of time and mean-spirited.
And yes, I am that person who gets her feelings hurt from stupid harmless pranks. Let me give you an example.
When I was in college I went on my first camping trip with my boyfriend at the time and a bunch of other people. We all set up out tents, cooked dinner, then my boyfriend and I went for a walk while everyone else started drinking. We got back to the campsite a bit later, after dark, and my tent was gone. The group had hidden it because I was new to the group. A prank. An initiation. Or whatever.
Was I supposed to think it was funny that I had to go look for my tent in the dark. Put it all back together, and clean it out so it was usable. Was I supposed to then feel like I had been accepted into the group? Like I belonged with them somehow after that?
Instead I felt angry, humiliated, and alone.
Hiding someone’s tent does sound harmless, but it wasn’t. I have honestly never seen a harmless prank.
So please leave me out of all of the April Fool’s Day shenanigans. Thank you.
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