To the extent that the pranksters among us are tempted, I’ve got a very strong suggestion: please, no April Fools’ Day jokes this year.
I’m not much of a prankster, myself. As a kid I tried a few of the time-honored classics, like the well-placed Whoopie cushion on Uncle Tony’s chair, or the salt in the sugar bowl gag, but mostly my jests involved convincing a credulous person about some far-fetched story. At the office, I’ve participated in a few jibes, too — including one incident that involved constructing a wall of boxes to block the door of a fellow attorney while he was in his office with the door closed for a telephone call. This year, though, I’m not much in the mood for gags of the April Fools’ Day variety, and I don’t think that anyone else is, either.
It’s not that I’m opposed to pranks, in principle. But there’s a time and place for everything, and pranks just seem kind of pointless and childish given the current circumstances. Part of the idea of the April Fools’ Day jest is that the target will laugh at it, too — which doesn’t seem likely right now, no matter how well-crafted and humorous the scheme might be in a normal setting. Plus, who are you going to pull the prank on — that person you’ve been spending 24 hours a day with for the last three weeks? It doesn’t seem like a wise course when you’re going to be spending every waking hour with that person for the foreseeable future, does it?
So, I’m hoping that all of the pranksters among us hold their fire, and let this April 1 pass in a blessedly fool-free fashion. Next year, perhaps, we all can let our inner pranksters loose.