Wednesday, April 1, 2015

April Fools!

According to Wikipedia, which as we all know is the ultimate authoritative source, the earliest reference to April 1 and tomfoolery was Chaucer's "The Canterbury Tales" in 1392.  (And yes for anyone who also had Brit Lit with Mr. Maddox at DSHS I can still ramble off a decent portion of the prologue to "The Canterbury Tales" in middle english).

So, people have been being dicks to each other on April 1 for over 600 years.  Good to know.

I have always that that April Fools was stupid and annoying as I generally try NOT to be a dick to people if I can at all help it, and think that April Fools is generally just an excuse that dicks use to be even more of a dick for an entire day.....but some people also really like it.

My ask of you today is that if you must go and have a good laugh at someone else's expense that you do so carefully.  In particular, be mindful of those of us in the infertility community and our feelings surrounding what many think to be an innocent prank - the fake pregnancy announcement.

Sure it's funny to you.  You didn't pee on the upteenth EPT this morning only to have yet another negative.  Or maybe suffered a recent miscarriage, or failed IUI/IVF/AI/FET etc. etc.  You get the picture.

While you are laughing at everyone's reactions to your fake announcement, there is probably at least one person who read your announcement, and burst into tears. 

Not so funny now is it?

Just Don't Do It.  Don't be a dick.

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