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No, I'm not a big fan of April Fools' Day

Mar 30, 2012 - By Carolyn B. Tyler

Sunday is the infamous April Fools' Day -- that day when friends and family primary purpose is to trick you, make a fool of you.

I don't like April Fools' Day.

I haven't liked April Fools' Day for seven decades.

I was 7 years old, and we were living in southern Nebraska. I don't remember how, but somehow I can into possession of a wren house.

The wren house was the object of all my attention.

With Dad's help, I put up the wren house just outside the kitchen door, and I awaited the arrival of the tiny birds.

On a Wednesday morning, dad awakened me for school with the cry, "Carolyn! The wrens are here!"

I rushed to the window to be greeted by well-meaning, but ill-advised mom and dad shouting, "April Fool!"

I was devastated.

I cried.

And I cried some more.

I am sure I had to go to school and face more trickery, but nothing topped the disappointment that the wrens didn't arrive for another week or more.

It became family lore and every April 1st after that was greeted by various members of my family greeting one another with, "The wrens are here."

She wasn't even born yet when the incident happened, but I can guarantee you the first phone call I receive next Sunday will be my younger sister saying, "The wrens are here."

I don't like April Fools' Day.

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