There’s No Fool . . . .

“There’s no fool like an old fool.”

How many times did my mother say that over the years (sometimes about my father)! She did not live long enough to say it about me, although I imagine she might have thought it a time or two even when I was younger.

I thought of that today as the calendar turns to April, and April Fool’s Day.

The world is in a mess. Are we the fools? Are we the old fools who are making such a mess?

We could use a court jester about now.

But I don’t see much humor these days, and what there is, seems to be edgy and ironic. I can”t remember the last time a national or state politician actually showed a sense of humor (I’m not counting the stupid things they say in all seriousness as humor).

I’m going to try to smile a lot today, and even to look for humor (although if you have to look for it, is it humor?).

I know this is a downer for a day that is supposed to be fun. But its how I feel, and I don’t think I am alone.

But then again, there’s no fool like an old fool.

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Robin Hawley Gorsline

Robin is a poet (claiming this later in life) and Queer Theologian--reflecting a soul of hope and faith and joy and justice/shalom. He is happily married to Dr. Jonathan Lebolt (20 years and counting), the proud parent of three glorious daughters (and grateful to two wonderful sons-in- law and a new one soon!), and the very proud "Papa" to Juna (6) and Annie (3).

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