I have never liked April Fool’s Day. I guess I am gullible (or a fool), because I am always the one who says, “Oh my GOD, your cat was run over? There’s a funeral at noon? Of course I’ll be there,” only to have the room bust a gut over how hilarious they all are with a chorus of, “APRIL FOOL!!!” I stand there confused and wonder, why is this funny? April Fool’s is just not my scene and I think I come off as humorless all day long.
Speaking of which, do you remember the Tom Hanks movie Castaway where his character befriends a volleyball? He is so lonely on a deserted island, he names the ball “Wilson” and it becomes his best friend. There is a scene that is not supposed to be funny, I think, where the castaway decides to leave the island he is marooned on or die trying. He lashes together a makeshift pontoon boat. There’s a bit of bad weather on the journey, and his volleyball floats away in the storm. Tom Hanks watches it disappear and shouts like he’s trying for his third Oscar, “WILSON!!!” For some reason, everybody in the theater laughed and I think we were all supposed to get that lonely people will form attachments with an object if they have to – something to help them realize their need for fulfillment, comfort and happiness.
For some reason this popped into my mind yesterday as I was writing a post for Sanford House on Isolation: the orange face on the ball and the personification. It’s kind of like addiction. The bottle of Zinfandel becomes your best friend even when it can’t love you back. And the loneliness of the addict is self imposed, but just as isolating as a shipwreck…
It’s a fool’s paradise.
Today I’m not drinking because it’s foolish!