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Acting a Fool Is a Full-Time Occupation (standard:humor, 907 words)
Author: GodspenmanAdded: Mar 27 2016Views/Reads: 645/343Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
There are times when a person needs to be serious and then there are times when a little dab of foolery will do you. To be serious all the time can lead, according to my grandfather, to a serious nervous breakdown. Who in the world wants that!
 



My paternal grandfather's favorite holiday was April 1. He would spend
months putting together some trick to fool either a family member or a 
friend. Both were assessable to his “tricks.” 

He could read a person and within a few moments have an idea of what the
best trick to play on that person. Nobody really saw it coming. They 
knew his reputation, of course, but he was so skillful in his acts of 
foolery that nobody ever guessed they were a target until was too late. 


One thing I learned from my grandfather is that it is almost impossible
to fool the Fool-Master. If he had spent as much time being a 
grandfather as being a reputable Fool-Master, he would have been the 
greatest grandfather in the world. His priorities, however, were not in 
that direction. 

One thing my grandfather never did was reveal how he could pull off
these tricks on people. At times he came close but that was his secret 
he took to his grave. 

Those who tried to pull a trick on him usually have it backfire and
turned out to be a Major-Fool. I know my cousins and I spent hours 
trying to figure out a foolproof plan to pull on our grandfather. The 
problem was, he died before we could finally put together anything that 
would come close. 

Thinking about that recently, I was pondering the idea that it really
takes a lot of time to be a fool. In fact, some people make it a 
full-time job. 

With my grandfather, acting a fool was just a hobby. He could turn it on
and he could turn it off and got a lot of fun out of pulling tricks on 
people who were not expecting such a trick from such a man. Other 
people carry this kind of foolery into every aspect of their life 
without even trying. They just simply are fools in everything they do. 
Now, I am not sure, does this comes naturally or do they have to work 
at it. 

There are times when a person needs to be serious and then there are
times when a little dab of foolery will do you. To be serious all the 
time can lead, according to my grandfather, to a serious nervous 
breakdown. Who in the world wants that! 

I must confess I am not my grandfather, although there have been times
in which I yearn to be. His great accomplishment in life was to make 
fools out of people who thought they were smart and uppity. 

I wish I knew how to do that! 

I, on the other hand, need to work very hard at not being a fool.
Believe me, it is a full-time job. It is so easy to be a fool. At least 
from my perspective. 

I cannot tell you how many times the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage
has looked at me and said rather sternly, “Are you acting like a fool?” 


Although we have been married for years, she has not really concluded
that I cannot act. I am what I am, I am what you see, no thespian arts 
about it. I wish I was acting a fool, because then I could stop acting 
and become a normal person, whatever that is. 

When I feel down on myself in this area, I think of many of the fools in
the world around us. And we all know who we are. 

I think the biggest fools in my book are those who are afraid of words.
Words seem to upset and unnerve causing them to go into some kind of 
psychotic spin. I do not understand because a word is simply a word. 

There are three letters in the English alphabet that brings more
agitation and hatred than any other letters. Just three words. 

The three letters are D O G. Of course, when you see those letters you
immediately think of one of your favorite little animals. A dog is a 
friendly kind of a thing. When somebody sees these three letters, they 


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