I believe I am the kind of person that can laugh at a joke. That being said, for the most part, I enjoy April Fool's Day.
A few years ago, I brought Brown-E's to work.
This year, I am bringing a big bowl of M&M's, Reese's Pieces, and Skittles.
But I also believe that some things simply aren't joking matters.
(Stepping onto soapbox..)
Here's the thing, I'm guilty of doing just that. Many, MANY years ago, before we realized we were infertile. This was before Facebook, but we thought it would be funny to tell some family members that "the rabbit died". Then we didn't correct them until later that day.
That is one of those times I wish I could go back and slap myself.
Here's the thing, pregnancy isn't a laughing matter, especially to those who are trying so hard to get pregnant. Some have been trying for years and YEARS. Others have been waiting on an adoption list for just as long. Or some have had to accept that parenthood will never happen for them and try to move on with life. To each of these couples, a pregnancy announcement is like a knife stab in the heart. (Please refer to my blog post about pregnancy announcements.)
So when we later find out it was just a "joke," it hurts even more. When you've been trying to get pregnant for years and years, its hard to understand how anyone could make light of such a serious matter.
A joke should be something that is funny for all, not something that is harmful to some. So please, keep it light and funny tomorrow and find something else to joke about. Most people don't share their infertility struggle, so you may not know just how many people may be hurt by a fake pregnancy announcement.
And if you don't have time to make Brown-E's, send them to Google Maps.