Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Is This Mean?

I admit it. About 10 years ago I ran out of patience with the normal April Fool's Day pranks from the under age 10 set.

"There's a spider in your hair! Ahahaha... gotcha again!"

I had 4 youngish kids, and ugghhh. I'd done it for 12 years already. I just couldn't take another round. So that year I told my kids that it wasn't April 1st. The date was actually March 32. You know, because we had to make up for the missing days in February.

And they bought it.

And they wrote March 32 on all their school papers. And they went all day long thinking that April Fool's Day was tomorrow.




They still think they were CHEATED out of the holiday that year.

But I think it was the Best April Fools Joke EVER.


Kristina P. said...

You are awesome.

Heather said...

Seriously, the 32nd?? That is pretty amazing.

Tay said...

I am writing that down and using it when I have older little ones and they are driving me bananas with the "spider in your hair" nonsense. :)

-nickk and whitleyy- said...

heyy.. just found you through a friend of a friend. haha.. my name is whitley and i'll be your new blogstalker. nice to meet you. :]

Annette Lyon said...

You win. Best joke.

Barbaloot said...

April Fool's is a rotten excuse for a "holiday." I'm all for having a March 32nd.

Lauren said...

I feel sad that I was going to use the good old "There's a spider in your hair! Ahahaha... gotcha again!" on Ted.

Dave said...


There's a spider in your blog....

Oh, never mind.

My heart is just not into a good joke considering the problem the Pittsburgh Steelers is facing.

Melia said...

You are the queen. I grovel at your feet.

Amy Peterson said...

He, He I'm putting that one in the vault! I still have to live through the years of kids and April Fools jokes, Ugg something I am not looking forward to.

Whitney said...

OOooooooh good one!!! My jaw dropped in amazement. I am seriously so impressed, pure genius :) ha ha!

Kimberly said...

That was such a stroke of genius!

Erin said...

That is SO funny.
Do you think they would fall for it again?

Jillybean said...

That's perfect!

I had a friend who used to pull the most fantastic April fool's day jokes on her kids. The best was the year that she didn't pull a prank on them and they spent the whole day watching their backs........

Heather of the EO said...

I'm totally going to steal this idea in a few years.

goddessdivine said...

I love it.

Sometimes I hate April Fool's.

Yvonne said...

Good one!!!!

My Heidi teaches Grade 1 and she WAS DREADING today!!!!

Hey, you must not be too sore from the P90X--way to go.

Sue said...

Totally Hilarious! One year we told our kids that Casa Bonita closed (because we let the birthday kid choose the restaurant and it was Always Casa Bonita GAG!) And when Mandy was a senior in high school she came home with the news that Casa Bonita was open again and her friends said it never closed at all...
Really - how about that?
(Ha! We won big time!! Years of no Casa Bonita!)

Lara said...

Really? They didn't even catch on when all the other kids were pulling April Fool's pranks at school?

I may just have to try this. I'm already sick of it today.

That Girl in Brazil said...

You. Totally. Rock.

mormonhermitmom said...

Badoom CHING! Dang, if I thought I could do that to my kids....

The Pollocks! said...

That's awesome. I think the school district planned spring break over April Fools day on purpose. I know it was a least favorite when I was teaching. I'll have to pass that trick along to some fellow teachers - think it'll work?

Heidi Ashworth said...

A very sophisticated April Fool's joke if I may be so bold.

Brenda Susan said...

Ha! That is perfect! Scarey the power of a teachers' words isn't it?

Mallory said...

I think if I had been taking a drink, I would have shot it out of my nose, onto the computer.

The Mom said...

How did they not catch on, with all the kids at school doing pranks?

The Miller Family said...

That is SO funny!

Alison said...

I'm a first time visitor to your blog, and read your comment policy. So... here are my thoughts...

BRILLIANT!!!! Love the March 32 joke. Perfect. AND... you know they will pull the same prank when they are parents.


LisAway said...

To make up for missing days in January. You are so clever. That is really funny.

Melissa said...

That's awesome! My kids haven't really been into the whole April Fool's Day thing... and I'm glad! :)

Sue Q said...

Unbelieveable. How old are your kids? Is that directly related to their gullibility factor? Must be. Hafta' admit, tho', that was pretty good. And their teachers went along with it, I'm guessing!

Beverly said...

You are to be revered! That is an awesome prank! Wish I'd thought of it. I'll have to remember it for my grandchildren--I don't think my twenty-something children would fall for it!

Jan the crazy lady said...

That is just super wrong. In such a brilliant way. Totally support that.

happy mommy said...

You are my kind of mom. I am all about sticking it to the kids should the opportunity present itself.

They're those little 'joys in the journey' that the Brethren are always talking about.

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Dave said...

anonymous, you are so funny lawl

"Where there is a good Umbrella

Let your uniform

Will not be wet唷! Uniforms

Clean the baby is good!"


you kill me!!!!

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I was going to send him $4000, so he could then get to the $ 1million dollars I'd inherited.

That character for "umbrella" looks a lot like the character for "million dollar inheritance", doesn't it?

Cole said...

I have a soft spot for April Fool's Day. It's the day my husband proposed to me. Nine years later and I'm still waiting for the "April's Fools" to happen. He is quite the prankster...

Youngblood4ever said...

That is the best April Fool's joke EVER! If I was your kid I totally would have fallen for it. Too gullible! I'll have to remember that one for next year!

Momof5 said...

Ditto on what anonymous said ?@?%? Anyway, to answer your question, NO, it's not mean, it's mommy honey. You go girl!

Jessica G. said...

Awesome. I am totally doing that next year.

Trannyhead said...

Is Anon a Klingon?

That's both hilarious and harsh. I approve completely.

No Cool Story said...

That is indeed the best april fools' joke EVER.
I hope they appreciate you gernius.