The old adage, “Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me,” just doesn’t apply today.
On April 1st, fooling is what you do. Beware, practical jokes are on their way. This year, April Fools’ Day falls on the beloved Easter, which hasn’t happened since 1956. The joke’s on me; I wasn’t even born then.
According to George Horne, an English divine, the saying probably comes from Italy. “When a man deceives me once, says the Italian proverb, it is his fault; when twice, it is mine,” he wrote.
Since the day of trickery lands on a day of reverence, we might not have the heart to fool someone today. But, if the joke is truly harmless and funny, why not. Simply unwrapping some chocolate Easter eggs and re-wrapping seedless grapes in their place won’t do much harm. And, you’ll still be giving a little treat. On the other hand, telling the kids it’s time to go find the hidden Easter eggs you didn’t hide, can be a little harsh. Good thing the two holidays never fell on the same day while I was rearing my children. I just might have had to play a few Easter-themed tricks on them. My kid’s probably wouldn’t have laughed at this practical joke, but I might have giggled a little for the first ten minutes of the search. To each his own, right.
If you’re Hell-bent on getting over with a “good one,” tell kids the Easter Bunny isn’t real. That’ll have ’em crying over their Easter baskets.
The Independent Mail has an interesting article with a religious twist, worth a quick read. “The Apostle Paul said we ought to be fools for Christ’s sake.”
Whatever you decide to do, be careful of Karma. You just might be the bunny butt of the joke, yourself, on a day like today. Maybe it’s better to take the divine road and spread the love this Easter Sunday. Aesop wrote, “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”