by Shirley Hailstock
Pranksters Must Apply
The first day of April, April Fool’s Day, is for pranksters, jesters, sophomoric hijinks and practical jokers. April Fool’s reminds me of fantasies, not like the things that go bump in the night. There’s another holiday for that. This month is for things that are unreal and often funny, but not hurtful. Like Mardi Gras, it’s a time when you can step out of your comfort zone, do something out of the ordinary, and you’ll have something to blame when people ask, “What were you thinking?”
What One Thing Would You Do?
Don’t you have something you’ve always wanted to do, something from your goal list, or your bucket list. It doesn’t need to be something huge like skydiving unless that’s one of your goals. It could be something that’s a baby step. Whatever it is, give it a chance. You might find that you are comfortable there.
I’m always asked, by readers, if my life is as exciting as my characters’ lives. Don’t I wish? However, I could do something one of my characters would do. In my books, I love to talk about where my characters live, describe their homes. As I was watching the America’s Castles on the History Channel one day, I saw a documentary of the Mercer House. It was the home of a man who owned a tile works factory in Pennsylvania. It wasn’t that far from me, so impulsively I got up and drove there.
My idea of a tile changed significantly. There were rooms of them. In fact, every room and everything in it was made totally of tiles. Some told a story. Sometimes the stories continued from tile to tile until a wall was covered. I was glad I’d gone. Seeing the artistry was something I hadn’t expected and an experience I won’t forget.
If You Need Ideas…
So if you’re up for an April Fool’s fantasy, think about one of these.
Introvert: You wouldn’t want people to know what you’re doing. Here are some suggestions you could do without anyone knowing (until it’s done).
- Go to a restaurant alone. Not one like Panera Bread or Starbucks, where you take your computer and shy away from everyone. People watch. Talk to someone new. You might find a friend. You could always say your friends put you up to going alone.
- Develop a new friendship, connect with another person, maybe ask someone if they need help when they’re looking lost.
- Join a class and learn something you’ve always wanted to know about.
Extrovert: You’re outgoing and often action-oriented. You like being with people.
- Go car shopping when you don’t need a car (and don’t buy one, just shop so when you do need one, the sticker won’t shock you).
- Check out homes being constructed or go to an open house to see what the new features are. Even if you live in an apartment, you can still see decorating ideas up close.
- Take a trip to nowhere. At least to a no where you’ve ever been. Haven’t you seen a sign on the highway or on the road to somewhere that you wonder where it leads? Find out. Turn the car in that direction. Take the exit. Find out what’s at the end of the road or what interesting things that place holds.
These are some suggestions for a day of fantasy. You know what’s on your list. You know what you’d like to do. Do it. Use the day to treat yourself or indulge in a fantasy, no matter how big or small. After it’s over, tell your friends you did it. . .and smile. They’ll be green with envy.