It is officially April. Today welcomes 30 days of attempted sunshine and green sprouts emerging from the ground. It is a month of shedding the extra weight and layers from the long, gloomy winter.
Today is also April Fools Day, a long-standing tradition in my family. A favorite memory of mine is when my mom put sugar in the salt shaker and served me scrambled eggs allowing me to put the "salt" on my breakfast. Today I'm seeing the same animation I had as a child in my son.
Every year I strive to trick my husband, parents and sister, some years more elaborate than others. My family members know me enough to be aware of signs, especially because I am the worst liar ever.
I read a list of creative family friendly April Fools jokes over at Parenting. After much deliberation, my son and I decided on the perfect prank for Dad: stuff his shoes with toilet paper. Now, the key to successfully pulling this off is for the 5 year old not to spoil our plan before the moment. He is the kid who tells what we got everyone for their birthday, before they have opened their gift. Sadly, I do know whom he got this trait from (pointing finger at myself).
I executed the plan flawlessly before I went to bed, rolling up a substantial ball of toilet paper and pushing it back into the toes of the shoes. Then making sure the shoes were in the exact same spot was key.
You would of thought this morning was my son's birthday. He was awake before the sun and eager for the big reveal. When his father said he was getting in the shower little boy asked, "Does that mean you are going to put on your shoes afterwards?"
Yeah, we are still working on keeping a secret.
As Dad sat on the edge of bed putting on his shoes, we saw his confusion as his foot wouldn't quite fit in. He smiled as he pulled out the toilet paper and we proudly screamed,
" April Fools!"
It was a simple moment that I'm sure my son will be talking about for years.
Did you pull off any good ones? The day is still young, I'm hoping to trick some more fools. Does anyone have a good idea for my young kids?
To you my loyal readers, as a thank you for reading my blog I am giving you.....
(I couldn't resist.)