I literally despise April Fool’s Day. Hate it. I know some people appreciate the kind of “gotcha” humor that comes with such a day, but as an empath who goes through this world very attuned and quite sensitive, I find the passive-aggression and trickster mentality to be unbearable. I think making someone upset for the sake of entertainment is weird and kinda gross. I held my breath all throughout the day yesterday, waiting for someone to try to pull a fast one on me. Luckily, both class and work were prank-free. Phew.
I have a memory of April Fool’s Day from when I was a little kid. Based on where we were living at the time, I must have been either 3 or 4 years old. My biological mother wanted to play a prank on my Grandmother. She got out her makeup and created all of these “marks” and “bruises” all over my body. She also put my arm in a sling. Then, when we went to visit my Grandma, she asked me to limp and “act really sad” when I walked in the door. I did. My Grandmother was immediately horrified at the site of me and started asking what happened. My bio mother told her I’d fallen down the stairs in our apartment building and broken my arm. My Grandmother was visibly distressed and turned to comfort me. I kept the charade going until my bio mother burst into laughter and yelled out, “April Fool’s Day, Ma!” My Grandmother admittedly laughed, but she also asked me to go wash off my fake injuries and remove the sling immediately.
This whole memory just freaks me out.
Why did my bio mother think this would be a funny thing? Why would she upset my Grandmother just for the sake of a good laugh? Why do people do this to each other at ALL?!
Also, this prank is particularly NOT funny because by this time in my life I was already being physically, emotionally, and sexually abused (in part by the very person who created this oh-so-hilarious prank). I already had legit marks and bruises. I already was broken and hurting. But no one saw that. Or at least no one did anything about it.
And that is not a joke.
P.S. The incomparable and legitimately hilarious John Oliver totally agrees with me: