April 2, 2004

April Foolishness

It wasn’t a huge “April Fool’s Day” at our house. My older daughter has dubbed me the “King of Pranks” because she thinks I like to pull pranks. I do, but I don’t like to pull them on April 1st. Too obvious.

The girls did pull a prank on me. Mattie made some springy popup critters—little drawings of mice, spiders, beetles and an ant— that are attached to a paper spring. She hid them in a Harry Potter book and then asked me to read Harry Potter to them last night. I was appropriately shocked when the book turned out to be full of unwelcome visitors. This prank was based on an earlier prank that she conceived of, designed and executed all by her 6-year-old self. It was a small book she made entitled “How To Pull a Prank.” When you open the book, a freakish face jumps out at you, giving you a coronary episode.

Maggie tells me that there was a long list of possible pranks that they wanted to pull on me, ranging from putting wooden blocks in my underwear (to make me think I’d had an accident) to tricking me into leaning over so they could jump on my back.

After school, Mattie discussed with Maggie an elaborate prank which involved me being trapped in the shower.

Maggie told her that I usually only shower in the morning, so I’d already had my shower that day. The prank would not be feasible. At this point, there was a pause in the conversation as Mattie considered.

“Are you going to have a shower later?” she asked. I have to get her to work on her subtlety.

Posted by James at April 2, 2004 12:31 PM
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Re: subtlety - About a week before my birthday my step-daughter and I were in the grocery store. She asked me if we could pick up some trick candles so we'd have them for mommy's birthday, which at the time was six months away :-)

She's almost 8 now, but I loved the hint I got about one of my Christmas presents when she was about 4 - "it is square and has pages."

Posted by: Jim at April 2, 2004 12:49 PM

She was far more subtle than I. At around the same age (possibly a little older) I gave my cousin a birthday present. Since it was wrapped up, she couldn't see what was inside, so I helpfully told her, "it's a purse."

Posted by: julie at April 2, 2004 1:46 PM

Kids are great! She sounds so cute.

Posted by: Mala at April 3, 2004 12:24 AM

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