So it’s April Fools’ Day, and I happen to be a naysayer for this one. I believe the playing of practical jokes every time April 1st rolls around is absurd.
An interesting thing about April Fools’ Day is that no one is entirely sure how it began. There are those who believe the event dates back to 16th century France when the country switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar. This altered the celebration of the new year from springtime to January 1st. Apparently, the news of the calendar change was slow to travel, so those found celebrating the new year in late March to early April rather than the new January 1st were often thought to be foolish, hence All Fools’ Day was born. Keep in mind, this is just one of many theories.
I am personally not a fan. I recognize that some practical jokes are harmless, but some are often just plain mean. And I simply don’t endorse what is more than likely a lack of kindness.
As a teacher at a brick and mortar school for more than 20 years, I often saw teary-eyed students dealing with the aftermath of another student’s “joke”. Ah yes, the classic, “But it was only a joke!” Students use that statement as a blanket excuse for every unfriendly act. Legitimizing harsh actions under the guise of a holiday is simply unacceptable.
That’s just me. How about you? Do you agree that pranksters should have free reign every April 1st? This is an open forum, so share your thoughts. And…
(Copyright 2019 Susie Krivacic)