April 1 is April Fool’s, a day of pranks and lies inflicted upon the unsuspecting in the name of fun. In honor of that day, I thought I’d share some real life practical jokes (although none were played for April Fool’s). I’m running this early because tomorrow the spotlight is on A.S. Fenichel’s book Joshua’s Mistake, which has just released.
- When I folded laundry on the bed, somehow the little anti-static/softener dryer sheets seemed to end up on DH’s side—or in his underwear drawer. It really bugged him, and he complained vociferously and frequently. So for about a month, every time I did the laundry, I saved the dryer sheet. When I had a whole bunch, I stuffed them all under his pillow for him to find. He stopped complaining about dryer sheets for a while, and for a month I looked forward to doing the laundry just so I could get a sheet. (I no longer use them because they are too perfumey, which was DH’s objection).
- My mother-in-law insists that the heel from the loaf of bread is her favorite part. We weren’t convinced. We thought perhaps she couldn’t stand to throw away “good food,” so DH and I decided to call her on it. For about six weeks, we saved heels (froze them). When she came to visit and wanted bread, we gave her a whole loaf of heels. She did not appear to be excited.
- Back in high school, a friend told me I had a secret admirer. A guy with the initials “MF.” So of course, I kept trying to find out who “MF” was. Well, I did. I also found out that while my friend had been telling me that “Mark” liked me, she had been telling him that I liked him. I was not amused. I felt embarrassed actually.
Have you ever played a practical joke? Had one played on you? How did you react?