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Friday, April 1, 2011

Blog Friend Feature: Hating April Fools

When I asked this week's Blog Friend Feature to pretty please be featured this week, I wasn't thinking that today is April Fools Day.  And I really didn't know that she hates this day!  But, hopefully, you all will show her lots of love and make her have a better day!

Julie blogs at DutchbeingMe, which is the type of blog that when you are reading it, you feel like you are chatting with a friend.  Which is why I, too, squealed when I got to meet Julie IRL. I know you'll love her, too.

Happy April Fools.

Believe it or not, I actually hate this day. It’s really for a number of good reasons – as well as a couple of well, silly “ideas”. So it’s kind of funny and ironic that I’m Shell’s BFF today. I think she’s trying to make this day better for me {even though she may have just learned all of this stuff about me. :)}

Don’t get me wrong, I’m *THRILLED* that Shell chose me. I mean really?! Little ole me?! I couldn’t be more flattered. Shell was one of my very first bloggy friends when I started finding other blogs to read a couple of years ago – and I’ve adored her ever since (as have so many others.) And when I got to meet her at Blissdom this year… I may have squealed a little bit. For reals.

But anyway… back to what I was going to say about today. My dark day if you will. (And for those that watched Gilmore Girls, you know what I’m talking about.) :)

The dislike for this day has actually been rooted much further back in my history than just the last 15 years... like you know, elementary school when all the kids would tell stories and make up things. I’m a fairly gullible person, so I tend to believe the stories about all kinds of different things and then learn later that they are not true. Not to mention the disappointment I feel at that point… especially if it was something that I wanted to do or participate in! {And, um… this totally doesn’t happen to me anymore. *Ignore me turning into Pinocchio as you read this.*}

So it only take a certain number of times that people promise you things – and then you realize that it’s April 1 – that you tend not to trust anyone on this day anymore. Nor do you know what to expect from those that have pulled “pranks”. Are they being sincere? Are they being honest? Can I trust them?

I’m sure you’ve been in that place before. The place where you want to trust that things will happen, but yet have that slight suspicion in the back of your mind that things might not go the way you expect. You – like me – hope that you aren’t led into a place where severe embarrassment will occur.

No matter what, if it’s April Fool’s Day or any other day of the year, disappointment can be found. Pranks will happen. Jokes will occur. It’s how we deal with them – whether laughter or tears – is how it will be remembered.

Please leave Julie some comment love here and then go follow her blog if you don't already!

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Blogger Oka said...

Either I'm not very gullible or I have not met very good pranksters. I don't even think twice about April Fool's day.

April 1, 2011 at 7:19 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I hate April Fools day with a passion. My oldest son told me last year I was gonna be a grandmother.. Ummm I was like well you won't live to be a daddy.. He laughed till he realized I was serious then was saying it was a joke mom a joke! I was not amused

April 1, 2011 at 7:24 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

What an amazing lady. I love her take on this special day.

April 1, 2011 at 7:29 AM  
Blogger Sorta Southern Single Mom said...

*Knock on wood* I've never had anyone pull a big prank on me... just stupid little things. That said, I'm kind of glad today is a work day and I don't have any students! :)

April 1, 2011 at 7:32 AM  
Blogger Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I guess I don't really think too much about April Fools. Sad that some people have bad experiences with it though. :-(

April 1, 2011 at 7:44 AM  
Blogger Kmama said...

Hello fellow Michigander! ;-)

I don't like April Fool's either. I actually posted about that today too.

April 1, 2011 at 8:15 AM  
Blogger Tina @ Life Without Pink said...

Ugh I dont like April's Fools either! Congrats on being featured :)

April 1, 2011 at 8:26 AM  
Blogger TerriG said...

My six year old just spent and hour "fooling me" I now can concur with the haters of this day.
Great thoughts on this day.

April 1, 2011 at 8:41 AM  
Blogger Jackie said...

Congrats on being featured!!

I don't think to much about April Fool's Day really. I actually can't remember the last time I played a prank on someone and vice versa.

This April 1st is a good one though because my sister in law is in labor! I can't wait for a new baby!

April 1, 2011 at 8:51 AM  
Blogger Rebecca Dot Com said...

She sounds lovely! Can't wait to head on over and meet her - I really am not a fan of april fools either! :) but, let's all be thankful it's only one day a year ! :)

April 1, 2011 at 8:53 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I've never had to endure a bad prank, but I don't really care for this day either. It seems kind of silly. I've never been much of a prankster either so maybe that's why I don't get it.

April 1, 2011 at 8:58 AM  
Blogger MommyLovesStilettos said...

I'm not a fan of April Fool's Day either. AT ALL.

Going to follow your blog now :)

April 1, 2011 at 9:04 AM  
Blogger Evonne said...

My 5 year old has turned this day into a week long event. I'm really getting tired of hearing him say "April Fools!".

The best prank (or worst if you're me) was when my parents screamed at me to get out of bed because I was late for school. They were so frantic that I forgot it was Saturday. And it never hit me that my BFF was sleeping over and that was never allowed on a school night.

April 1, 2011 at 9:09 AM  
Blogger McKenna said...

So glad you featured Julie, I have talked with her on twitter but never actually visited her blog. Off to go there now...

April 1, 2011 at 9:55 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

All right. Off to visit her blog. For reals even. Not a joke.

April 1, 2011 at 10:25 AM  
Blogger Amanda @ It's Blogworthy said...

I HATE PRANKS...April Fools pranks and any other kind. Unfortunately, my husband loves em. We battle it out over pranks ;)

April 1, 2011 at 11:29 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

I'm not a fan of today, but luckily only small pranks have been played on me... Loved her take on it though!!!

April 1, 2011 at 12:05 PM  
Blogger Elena Wollborg said...

You picked a great feature today, Shell! I've never really been a fan of today either!

April 1, 2011 at 12:58 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

I'm only a fan of April Fool's if I am the one playing the pranks, not the other way around. But I try to keep my pranks sweet.

April 1, 2011 at 1:19 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

Haha, my kids keep pulling "pranks" on me today, things like "mom, i can't find my coat", and "mom, your shoes are untied"...I fall for it every time!

April 1, 2011 at 1:44 PM  
Blogger Kir said...

I'm with you..I hate this day because I hate false promises, hate looking forward to something to have it go belly up or not happen at all.
Plus I'm blonde so they get me every single time. UGH.
It's like Halloween for me, another day I despise.
but it was nice to meet you and I'll be over to your Pad soon. :)

April 1, 2011 at 3:01 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

I haven't been pranked that much. Can't say I'm that upset over it either.

April 1, 2011 at 5:40 PM  
Blogger A Mommy in the City said...

I completely forgot it was April Fools Day until the middle of the day! I hate this day and hate pranks!

April 1, 2011 at 7:33 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

Yay Julie for being the BFF!

April 1, 2011 at 9:04 PM  
Blogger HopefulLeigh said...

Yay Julie! So fun to see you on here.

April 1, 2011 at 9:16 PM  
Anonymous Stephanie said...

I am also completely gullible and so April Fools is a day I wish I could crawl into a hole and hide till it is over! I have got to the point where I won't believe anything I am told on April 1st.

April 1, 2011 at 11:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm gullible...I think because I'm honest. And I hate April Fool's day. So glad it's almost over. bah!

April 1, 2011 at 11:21 PM  
Anonymous Making It said...

Congrats on your BFF day! I am sorry, but I love a good practical joke! April Fool's day is fun.

April 2, 2011 at 12:03 AM  
Anonymous Making It Work Mom said...

Sorry hit enter too fast! Hopping over to check you out now!

April 2, 2011 at 12:05 AM  
Blogger Julia Ladewski said...

Julie ROCKS!! I had a date with Julie at a fancy high end restaurant in Indiana.... McDonald's!! complete with diet cokes!!

Julie is honest, real, fun... can't wait to see her again at Bloggy Boot Camp!

April 2, 2011 at 8:39 AM  
Blogger Emmy said...

My BIL totally got me saying my sister was pregnant and he pointed out that I was the only one that fell for it. So yeah, it isn't always fun

April 2, 2011 at 9:56 PM  
Blogger Katie Hurley, LCSW said...

My kids are so young right now that their ideas for jokes on daddy were so innocent...that it was actually fun! I'm not really sure why we need a day to trick on another though. It's a strange one!

April 3, 2011 at 8:09 PM  
Blogger MrsJenB said...

Ugh I hate April Fool's Day! I'm so happy to report that nothing happened to me. Whew - because I am SO gullible!

April 3, 2011 at 9:18 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I'm very gullible too. But let's all of us gullible people band together and say "to the pure all things are pure." So there slpbbbbbt!

April 4, 2011 at 2:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know how I missed this last week! Yay! I love Julie and have been lucky enough to meet her IRL.

April 8, 2011 at 1:51 PM  

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