Even on April Fool’s Day, I’m not foolin’ around when it comes to tea. As great tasting and beneficial as the tremendous varieties of teas are, I take them all very seriously. Anyone who says, “Here’s a great tea for you” and follows it up with “April Fool’s!” is not on my list of favorite people.
So, how did all of this April tomfoolery begin? Good question, and I, as your font of information most trivial, obscure, usually interesting, and totally believable (honest!), have the answer.
The first of April used to be the first day of the New Year. Then, the calendar got “rearranged” and the first of January assumed that honorary — but totally arbitrary — role. Why arbitrary? Simple. The Earth follows an orbit shaped like a big oval. An oval, like a circle, is a continuous path. Where it begins and ends is up to our choice. So the first day of April or June or September or January is not something cast in stone as the first day of the year. Nevertheless, after the change was declared “official,” anyone who continued to call the first of April the start of the New Year was called an “April Fool” by those who had decided that January was a better month for marking the beginning of the Earth’s next trip around the Sun.
Don’t ask me how people started pulling pranks on April 1st and then calling their victims “April Fools” for falling for them. My font of knowledge is a bit dry on that subject. My best guess is if people think you are a fool for adhering to one arbitrary date for the beginning of the New Year versus another, they’ll think you will fall for any silliness. Fine, unless you’re talking about tea.
If you set your teapot down in front of me and say it’s full of a fine Darjeeling first flush tea, that’s what it should be. Pouring a cup and having a sip only to find that it’s some no-name black teadust-in-a-bag-with-a-string-and-tag (yes, my tastebuds would very definitely know the difference!) is most April foolish — of you, not me.
Some other not-so-foolish pranks you shouldn’t play on your tea-loving friends:
- Misrepresenting day-old muffins as just baked that morning (breaking a tooth trying to bite into one, contrary to popular opinion, is not funny).
- The old cliché of salt in the sugar bowl (especially bad if your friend has high blood pressure).
- Telling your friends that tea has been declared a banned substance and they should give all of their teas to you for proper disposal (actually, that one is true, so send me all of your teas).
Be good to yourself and your friends on April 1st by avoiding these and other pranks about tea and teatime. After all, whether the New Year starts on the 1st of January or April or any other month is a matter of someone picking that date millennia ago. No need to fuss about it now.
Have a great day, and don’t forget to ship those teas to me before the Tea Police come knocking on your door!
I ain’t committin’ no tomfoolery when I say that A.C.’s blog, Tea Time with A.C. Cargill, is awesome. Check it out today!