Well, Honeybun has had better agility days. She had nice portions of some of her runs, and she seemed to have fun. She kept looking back at the entrance, even considered leaving the field at one point. We couldn't see what it was that so interested her, but it seemed pretty clear it was not the agility course that she was interested in. Maybe she was considering the upcoming April Fool's Day. Maybe she was wondering why humans would get a kick out of trying to humiliate gullible people.
I am one of those gullible people. I can be easily fooled. And then I feel foolish. People often make fun of people like me. I am here to proclaim I don't much like it. No one likes being made a fool of. Particularly if one has a tendency to be foolish without anyone else contributing to that sorry state. I know it is all in good fun on April Fool's Day, but next to Halloween, it is my least favorite holiday.
However, I do remember fondly how my mom used to put orange jello in our orange juice glasses for April Fool's Day. I recall always falling for the ruse and trying to drink my jello. By the time I caught on, she put real orange juice in the glass, which I tried to eat with a spoon. That's me, a $10 short, ten years too late kind of gal.
The only April Fool's Joke I can remember ever trying to hoist on someone else was when my husband Arvo and I lived in Los Angeles. I went on a run in the morning and spent the whole run concocting my joke. Then I burst in the door and cried out, "You will never believe who just stopped me on my run!"
"Who?" he asked, glancing up from reading the paper.
Now, Springsteen used to be one of Arvo's very favorite music stars, and had I stopped there, he would have believed me. After all, we lived in L.A. with millions of famous people. But even administering April Fool's Jokes, I am a fool, and I carried it a step too far.
"And get this, he asked me to sing for him, and wants me to go on tour!"
"Haha," said Arvo, "April Fool's!"
The Bible has advice for people like me, people who find April Fool's day a little too close to a bothersome character quality we would rather not dwell on. The Bible reminds us that even a fool is thought wise if he keeps his mouth shut. My problem is that I am usually too foolish to take that advice. But the Bible also points out that the fool is the one who looks all around him and is blind to the evidence of God. At least on that score, the fool and I part ways.
The fool says in his heart,
"There is no God."
They are corrupt, their deeds are vile;
there is no one who does good.
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