16 Ways to B Foolish on April Fool’s Day


I was never a fan of April Fool’s Day because, like most people, I only liked to give pranks and practical jokes, not receive them.

Plus, I always felt like I spent the whole day looking over my shoulder in anticipation of the inevitable.

This year, I propose that instead of creating fools with our “gotcha” games, we practice being fools and having fun.

Let the foolishness begin!

Do you find that the older you get, the more you really don’t care what people think?  When I turned 50 a couple of years ago, I gave myself the gift of goofiness and now own a license that permits me to be silly whenever I want.

One of the things I remember about my mom is that as she aged, she seemed to grow more child-like, as if she too had given herself permission to shrug off the stoic, buttoned-up-and-serious business world of her younger years.  There was a lot of heaviness in her life at times and I’m grateful that she found a way to let it all hang out in her later years.

That’s my plan too!  Care to join me?

Today is Monday following a holiday weekend and a little self-indulgent zaniness is a sure-fire way to chase away the Monday blues.

Foolish ideas

Let’s clear something up.  Webster’s has three definitions of foolish but for the purposes of this post, we’re working with this one:  absurd, ridiculous, marked by a loss of composure.

Synonyms for foolish include absurd, loony, screwball, nonsensical and my favorite:  cuckoo.  Keep that in mind as you go about your April Fool’s Day and take these suggestions to lighten up your Monday.  And don’t forget to have fun!

  1. 1.  Roll the windows down, crank up the tunes and embarrass the kids.
  2. 2.  Wear stripes with plaids.
  3. 3.  Wear a goofy hat.
  4. 4.  Strap a HUGE stuffed animal in your passenger seat (for you, Deb!)
  5. 5.  Draw animal faces on your car windows.
  6. 6.  Spray-paint the cat’s tail (with washable paint, of course!)
  7. 7.  Adorn yourself with tattoos.
  8. 8.  Skip instead of walk.
  9. 9.  Wave wildly at strangers.
  10. 10.  Chair dance.
  11. 11.  Wear two different shoes.
  12. 12.  Laugh when everyone is quiet.
  13. 13.  Serve SpongeBob SquarePants pasta for dinner.
  14. 14.  Take a joyride in a grocery cart.
  15. 15.  Play Twister with the kids.
  16. 16.  Exaggerate everything with grand, sweeping gestures (for you, Love!).

Mix a little foolishness with your serious plans. It is lovely to be silly at the right moment. ~ Horace

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1 Comment

  1. Becky says:

    Cute!! I don’t have any kids but I did #1 yesterday and as you know I do #16 MOST days!

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