April Fool’s Day 2021

April Fool’s Day 2021

How did April Fool’s Day get started? Some have proposed that the modern custom originated in France when Charles IX decreed the new year would no longer begin on Easter as had been common throughout Christendom, but rather on January 1. Because Easter was a lunar and therefore moveable date, those who clung to the old ways were the “April Fools.”

Okay, here is your chance to be part of this week’s story. I want to hear your best April Fool’s Joke. Either one someone played on you or one you played on someone else. I will share both of mine.

It was April 1st, 1989 and we were managing the Tremonton Village Apartments.  This was a Saturday and my day off, so I thought I would sleep in. All of a sudden Shannon exclaimed, “Shane, wake up. There are some deer eating the shrubs around the apartments! You need to scare them off!” I jumped out of bed and rushed to put my clothes on. I already had the scenario in my head. I would run out and scare them away, and come back into the apartment and proudly say, “That proves Nothing Runs Like a Deere!” After all, who doesn’t love a good Dad joke. After assessing the situation and finding no deer, I assumed they had already run away. As I walked back into the apartment, the big smiles on Shannon, Justin, and Ryan’s face alerted me to what day it was. Well played Shannon well played.

Many people know that the house right beside mine is a rental and the renters for the most part have been for lack of a more politically correct term, white trash. From cars in the back yard on blocks and no engine, to a toilet by the front porch. On April 1st, 2015, this is what I posted on social media. “Evidently the white trash doesn’t like being called white trash, because I now have a bullet hole through my front window.” I had several people ask me if I was okay. My sister Patty was more concerned than anyone. She asked a few times if I was okay, and if I thought I should contact the police. I left the post up for most of the day. About 7:00pm I posted this. “As far as the white trash bullet hole in the window, does everyone remember what day it is today?” Go ahead and say it Patty. Well played Shane well played.

Here is a list of April Fool’s jokes you could have played 5 years ago.

In 2020, people will not hoard toilet paper. April Fools!

In 2020, a doctor will never suggest you need to wear 4 facial masks. April Fools!

In 2020, you will be arrested if you wear a mask into a bank. April Fools!

I hope you are all having a Happy Easter and making some special memories with your family and friends. Thanks for reading.

Next week: High School Helpers

P.S. I have decided to quit fouling people at basketball. Belated April Fools!