I love to play practical jokes, but April 1 is my favorite day of the year. I can get away with so much badness, I almost feel guilty. Almost!
When I worked a day job - which was actually at night when I did financial settlements for concerts, I asked Kick, my husband, to stop by on his way home and pick up some plants that had been left after a concert. I told him to park in the loading zone and leave his flashers on. My girlfriend Jill, who worked the concert too, reminded me it was April Fools Day.
It’s always nice to have an accomplice!
When we saw Kick park, I gave her my keys to his truck. As he came in one door, she went out the other and moved his Chevy ahead about 200 feet. When we came out with the plants, he was nearly speechless (besides a few mumbled curse words.) Then Jill pressed the lock and unlock buttons on the key fob, causing the lights to flash and the doors to click. Kick’s mouth literally dropped open. We still laugh about that one.
Last year, I filled Kick’s to-go coffee cup with beer. Well, it was non-alcoholic beer, but I could hardly wait until I got that phone call from him when he was half way to work.
Years ago, on a Saturday, he mentioned he was going to run some errands. At that time, he wore a big, puffy winter coat with vertical zippers, and I stuffed every pocket with elbow macaroni (dry, of course) so when he got to the hardware store and opened his pocket to grab his wallet, guess what spilled out all over the floor?
Early one April Fool’s morning when I was cracking eggs into a pan, he walked into the kitchen. I plucked an egg (one I'd hard-boiled the day before) out of the carton and hurled it at him. I didn’t notice, though, that he had his hands full of the ice cream bowls from the night before - which he dropped to catch the ‘raw’ egg. Oops!
My favorite, though, was the lizard incident. We were staying with relatives in a room that also housed their iguana tank. That evening, we went to a mall for supper, and there was a toy store a couple shops down. I slipped out for a few minutes and bought a rubber iguana. I’m sure you can imagine where this is headded.
Kick climbed in bed and I stood between him and the iguana tank. I opened the lid.
Kick said, “I don’t think you should be messin’ with that thing.” He’s not much for that kind of animal.
I talked sweetly to the lizard, telling him I just wanted to hold him for a while.
By this time, Kick was a little anxious. “You don’t want it to get away from you. Just leave it be for now and we’ll have Dan get it out for you tomorrow.” See how patient he is with me, and yet I still love pranking him.
I held up the rubber lizard, spun toward him, and launched it at him, shouting, “Slimy!”
His blood-curdling scream had everyone in the house racing into our room, where Kick sat holding the toy lizard in one hand, and his chest with the other.
I, of course, was rolling on the floor laughing. The family still talks about that one.
This April Fools season, I’m grateful for a family with a fun sense of humor, and who allows me to indulge in my wicked/creative side.
Your turn! What are your favorite practical jokes? Give me some ideas to make April 1, 2014 the best pranking year ever!
Have a great day!