I'm no April fool

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By Alice Du Pont

I don't like practical jokes and I don't like nicknames. The latter, I'll deal with later but I suppose since today is officially April Fools' Day, some one will try to "get me" with a prank.

The day, since I can remember, caused me to be anxious all day and night. I can never relax on the day when pranksters, even the amateur ones, are allowed to run loose and do dumb things that are supposed to make you laugh but never do.

In trying to find out how April Fool's Day got started, I didn't have very much luck. For some people it's a day they've wait for all year long. The devise ways to scare you, make you think you've lost or misplaced something like your car keys when you're ready to leave. Finally, when you are at your wits’ end, they jump up dangling your keys and yell, "April Fool’s!" That's when I want to strangle somebody.

Some practical jokes aren't remotely funny. They can be and often are dangerous. Each year the evening news airs a story about someone who seriously injures another person with a practical joke.

To say "I'm sorry, it was just a joke" does not do anything for the victim.

So this year, if you're a practical joker, spare us all.

On an unrelated matter, I heard from a reader who gave me another reason that people should fill out the census forms. Genealogy. If you don't do it for yourself, do it for those generations that will come after you. The census records are one of the best ways to accurately track down ancestors.

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