When I dared a look out our back door I saw Fern
scampering around. I called the groundhog Fern because
I’ve see her in our ferns a few times and thought the
name appropriate. I don’t know if said groundhog is male
or female so will continue to call her Fern.
She didn’t have much to say today but did wave. And
that got me thinking about tomorrow. I wondered if
groundhogs observed April Fool’s Day in their own way.
I’ll check tomorrow if I get a chance.
Anyway, Friday is April Fool’s Day and we’re sure the
practical jokes will be many but with my warped brain I
wondered about where it all began. Who was the first to
shout “April fools!”?
The first recorded association of April 1st and
foolishness is said to be in Chauncer’s “The Canterbury
Tales” in 1392. One precursor to April Fool’s Day is
the Roman festival of Hilaria.
In the 1700s April Fool’s Day became popular in Britain
and it was a two day affair. It began with “hunting the
gowk” that sent people on phony errands. The next day
was Tailie Day that concentrated on pranks involving
people’s backside. Kick me signs would be placed on
backs and some even tried to pin tails on unsuspecting
There are many more but what struck me as odd was how
long people have been playing pranks on each other.
We’ll just say Happy April Fool’s Day!
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