I know it’s a little late for April Fools Day posts, and since it’s April and Autism Acceptance Month, I will be doing some posts on that. But for now, a little story of one of my earliest April Fools Days.
When I was in kindergarten, my parents introduced me to the concept of “April Fools Day” and the idea that this was a time when people played silly tricks on each other. They did little things like hide things from me, or put things out of place. They warned me ahead of time (how kind!) that they were going to do little things and that I should look for the pranks. So naturally, when I got to kindergarten class that morning, during the “free play” time when everyone was off on their own, playing and waiting for class to officially start for the day, I decided I wanted to play a little April Fools Day joke of my own. I decided that I would hide by where we started each day with “circle time” then say “April Fools” when the teacher got close. So I crouched behind an easel, and waited. Then circle time came, and my teacher came close, and said “Where’s E?” so I came out from the easel and said “April Fools!” Sadly, she didn’t find it funny, and that stands out as the first and only time I got punished in kindergarten. I was made to sit on my own at a desk in “time out”. Talk about dwelling on negatives, it’s one of my strongest memories from that year… Sadly, I never really got the hang of the whole April Fools Day jokes, but alas. I do find them amusing, as long as they don’t hit my startle reflex too much. What are your favorite April Fools Day pranks?! I’d love to hear them. Even if I’m not good at doing them myself, I love learning about people’s fun.
So, happy April everyone! I hope you weathered your April Fools Days and the first days of Autistic April (don’t you like that phrase better?) There will be a more substantial post in a few days, but I wanted to put something up to let you know I’m still here. I’ll be guest-posting on a couple of blogs this month, and have a bunch of far more substantial posts coming too. Happy April!