Brace yourself, it’s April 1!


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April Fools Day is loaded with potential. Someone could update about good news or bad news on Facebook or Twitter and no one would be quite sure what is real and what is not. So if you wanted to announce something in all seriousness, perhaps this is not the day.

I don’t know about you, but I keep thinking the rug will be yanked from under me at any given moment during these 24 hours. I expect it will cause me great pain and  heartache, a bungee-cord drop that may or may not rebound,  that may or may not return me to that place where I was before the damage was done. Frankly, once pushed over the edge, nothing sets you back to the person you were before the drop or practical joke.

What if it were truth? What if you were pushed out, over and away? One hopes one can recover from the free fall of emotions and disappointment. Don’t we all know of someone who didn’t survive?

This is my work anniversary. I’ve used that reason to turn around my dread of April Fools Day. And I’m also the kind of person that doesn’t recoil when there’s a problem I need to take care of. Own it and get over it, is what I always say. It’s a real issue, it needs to be dealt with, and once it’s resolved one grows from the experience.

April Fools pranks don’t really offer much of a growing opportunity, except it makes one person feel like an ass for a few minutes and another person regarded an ass for much longer.

Here’s the Wikipedia entry for April Fools Day. It’s got some cool stuff, including how NPR always does a story on April Fools Day that starts reasonably and ends bizarrely. Now I could enjoy that! Keep funding NPR! I wonder which story is today’s foolery?

I just want to get through today without the drop.