On the night of April 1st, I confidently stated that I wasn’t fooled on April Fool’s Day. That we’re all growing old. Time is scarce – who has the time to be a scheming prankster these days?!
But I didn’t realize I fell for a lie until the next day.
X is a colleague of mine, who is relatively new to the bank. He talks a lot, visits my workstation island every now and then to chat and joke. He’s a nice guy, but enjoys irritating and making fun of my other colleagues relentlessly (at times it’s like harassment) and leave priceless remarks before he leaves.
At one point it got too much for my other colleagues to handle, that they had started to think that X needs a girlfriend in order for him to stop whatever he was doing.
“When are you going to get a girlfriend eh?”, a male colleague snapped this one time.
“On the way”
“Whenever you say yes”
And he left the workstation, leaving the other colleague swearing.
So we have sort of anticipated the day he finds a new girlfriend.
On Monday morning (April 1st), as I woke up and quickly scrolled through my feed, I saw that he had changed his Facebook status to “In a Relationship”. I shouldn’t be concerned at all, but I thought, “Wow, he’s got a girlfriend now! He’s sane afterall!”
Later that day, we crossed paths and I congratulated him briefly before making my way up.
“Hey, saw the status. Congratulations on getting a girlfriend”
“Oh thanks”, he said, actually looking grateful.
The next day I saw him again at a course. Curious, of course. I needed to interview him!
“Congrats again. Who’s the girl? Is she in the bank?”
“Is she in our department?”
“No, she’s in another department”
“You know April?”
WTF. He had a serious face all along!
“But thanks for congratulating me, Amira. You’re such a nice friend”
And he walked away.
I went back to my newsfeed to realize the many comments that pointed out that it was an April Fool’s joke. I had to laugh out loud, I was an April Fool!