Thursday, April 1, 2010

The Dreaded April Fool's Day!

I am happy to report that all my boys are sleeping in on this dreaded morn. Which means I am safe, for the moment, from all manner of April Fool's Day malarky. According to Wikipedia, the first reference to practical pranks on April 1 was in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales (1392). However, Wikipedia also lists Canada as one of the countries that allows hoaxes past noon, and that certainly was not the case for me growing up.

Anyway, here's the best April Fool's Day prank ever played on me. It was brilliant, albeit in bad taste (pun intended--you'll get it further down the post :) ).


Cherubic Child #1, back in the day.


A mother's (that's me!) FAVORITE tea bags, sent to her by one of her loving sisters in Toronto. The mother (still me) has a limited supply of these tea bags and doles them out to herself carefully.


Common, everyday dirt from a California backyard. And a bottle of Elmer's glue.


Child #1 opened up my tea bags, dumped out the tea, filled the bags with dirt, then painstakingly glued the bags back together. Yes, these are DIRT bags!!!



19 comments:

David Cranmer said...

Ha. That's a good one.

Stacy said...

Oh, no! Did he do all of them?

Beth said...

Such care and thought went into that one - brilliant. You may have been the victim but still, as a mother, you must have been proud of that boy of yours!

Barrie said...

David: yes, it took some real thought!

Barrie said...

Stacy: Thankfully, Mr. Summy intervened and stopped Child #1 from doctoring up all my tea bags!!

Barrie said...

Beth: Honestly? I was exceedingly proud!

Rebecca @ Diary of a Virgin Novelist said...

That is a killer prank! Good job child #1! of course, I am glad you never actually drank dirt too, but that is a pretty good one.

Teresa said...

Oh boy, in my house, NOBODY, and I mean NOBODY, messes with mama's tea. Good thing my kids are grown and can't see this. Your Child #1 is diabolically brilliant!

Travis Erwin said...

And how was the tea?

Barrie said...

Rebecca and Travis: I didn't drink the tea. It looks like the real McCoy in the bag, but once I added boiling water, it didn't act like tea anymore! :)

Barrie said...

Teresa: This prank has never been repeated. :)

laughingwolf said...

so, he's implying you're a dirtbag? :O lol

i'm with you, i grew up in southern ontario, all fools' tricks had to end by noon...

Barbara Martin said...

I was quite fortunate as my morning passed without incident. Children can be so inventive.

Alyssa Goodnight said...

He may be devious, but he's clearly clever. All in good fun, right? Not sure I would have thought so had it been me. :)

Amy said...

OMG. That is a great prank. Kudos to Child #1 for such a witty trick. I've never been able to think of anything clever to pull on my mom. I was just going to flat out tell her I'm pregnant and see where it goes from there.
lol I kid, I kid :)

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Brilliant!
And now i am thankful for my sons who only moved the cereal bags into different boxes...

Gary Corby said...

Clearly the cherubic child has a fine future career in...er...crime. Forgery, to be exact.

Anna said...

Wow that was good one, and I forgot to do anything that day lol. Anna :)

Gabriele Goldstone said...

That is just awesome -i'd be proud, too! Smart kid.