Today is my birthday!
No, it really is.
This isn’t a Her View From Home April Fool’s Day prank of let’s pretend it’s one of the writers birthdays! This is my actual real birthday. I would even show you my license to prove it, but this is the internet. Not exactly the best place to be sharing highly personally information for would be identity thieves. I promise this really is my birthday.
Having a birthday on any kind of holiday has its benefits and draw backs. April Fool’s Day is a very interesting day to be born as it is the day of pranks. Here are some things I have learned about having an April Fool’s birthday.
1. Your Birthday is easy to remember. Very few people forget my birthday.
2. People tend to go easy on the pranks and not ruin your birthday. Or at least my friends and family have been very generous and kind with the pranking. I get the kind hearted pranks, or no pranks which I like even more. To all of you reading this I am very grateful for that. Although my son is now 8, and is getting the whole concept of April Fool’s Day, so I need to be on my guard with him.
3. People don’t believe you when you say your birthday is on April 1st. This happened to me much more in my younger days, like high school and college. Every time a birthday conversation would come up and I say April 1st, I would tend to get two types of responses,
“April Fool’s day is your birthday? Really? What’s that like? Do you get lots of pranks pulled on you?”
“No way! I don’t believe you! Your birthday is not on April 1st! Show me your ID!”
Because sometimes people forget you prank people on April Fool’s day, not lie about April 1st the rest of the year. This one happened in college often and alcohol may have been involved.
4. People ask if any one believed your parents when they announced your birth. Or if they thought they were just pulling an April Fool’s Day prank. According to my mom all of my family believed them when they called to say I had made my grand entrance into the world. But a few of their friends thought my parents were messing with them for April Fool’s Day.
5. When in discussion with people about their children’s end of March/beginning of April birthdays (and not knowing it is my birthday) they have said,
“We were so worried our child would be born on April 1st.”
“We were so glad our child wasn’t born on April 1st!”
If you have said this to me I was not at all offended. It is an odd day to have a birthday on. I am guessing people with birthdays on leap year, Christmas, etc hear the same kind of statements. I have never hated my birthday date, it has actually been really fun.
6. When you need to show your ID you here a lot of things like:
“Wow April Fool’s Day Birthday!”
“An April Fool’s baby.”
“Did people believe your parents when you were born?”
“April Fool’s day? What’s that like?”
“Do you get pranked a lot?”
“April 1st, really?!”
Do any of you share this day with me as birthday or have a holiday birthday? What kind of things do you hear about your birthdate?