April Fools

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I hate today. No really, that’s not a joke. If I were Prime Minister I would ban it, and it’s not just because I’m a grumpy old woman!

My main reason for hating today is that I’m gullible. Always have been. I prefer to think of it as trusting but that’s another point. Anyway, I’ve always been that girl who believed that gullible was written on the ceiling, and double checked the dictionary when told it had been taken out, I’m always the one who reads the paper or sees the news and is shocked or horrified by the fake news stories. That’s me and I hate it.

Secondly, trust. In my opinion to ‘joke’ with someone in the way that is deemed appropriate on April Fool’s Day is to destroy their trust in you. Trust is a precious thing, it’s also very fragile and shouldn’t be toyed with. Once trust is broken it’s not an easy thing to get back, if it ever really comes back, so I fail to understand why you would want to break it.

And finally I consider most practical jokes bullying, and having been a victim of bullying at high school I can tell you that it is not fun to be on the receiving end of. For the joker it might be hilarious to watch someone trip over tied laces, humiliate themselves by believing something false or whatever else, but think of the person on the other end. Think of how they feel. What if they’ve had a bad day already? What if they are in the middle of a personal crisis? What if they’re ill and you don’t know? You never know what people are going through and how they will react, so you’ll never see me playing practical jokes on people.

And that is why I will never allow April Fool’s Day in my house and will continue to avoid it as best I can.

Apologies for the ranty start to my Ultimate Blogging Challenge but there we are!

2 comments

  1. SClubBethan

    I do agree in that I hate practical jokes, I used to hate Beadles about and think things like that are just bullying, but I don’t have a problem with more innocent of jokes. I personally don’t have an issue with the picture of the BMW pram and actually thought the Tom Daley micropig joke was funny (especially as lots in the media fell for it). I don’t see who gets hurt in those ones?

    1. Mrs TeePot

      I see what you mean, but I think the problem is that the line is so fine and so often gets crossed. And what one person thinks is funny can hurt another person terribly.

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