Wednesday, April 02, 2008

April Foolery

I admit it. I was taken a few times yesterday (shaking my finger at Aly and Karen) before I realized what the date was. And even then, I'm never quite sure what to believe. Although, really, who in their right mind would make a serious major life announcement on April Fool's Day? Aside from a baby being born that day (because it's not like you can control that), you can't trust anyone. And make sure you check your calendar early in the morning.

Chloe, my comedienne, especially enjoyed getting in on the fooling. And I must say that her five year old pranks had me laughing pretty hard for much of the day. It was a nice respite from the dramatic moments of checking Bria out of school and taking her to urgent care because she was having horrible abdominal pain (turned out to be strep).

Even late at night, while Joel and I were trying to watch the 10:00 news, Chloe kept coming into our bedroom and saying things like:

"Mommy. You don't have any eyebrows." (beat, beat) "April Fool's!"

What made it so darn hilarious was how seriously dead pan she was with the crazy things she was saying.

"Daddy. Did you know that my feet fell off?"

She never even cracked a smile until she yelled "April Fool's!"

And then there's Bria in all of her gullibility and literalness. She asked me how come I hadn't been playing any April Fool's jokes on them (I have never really gotten into this holiday...guess I'm just not a prankster at heart) so I immediately told her I was going to have another baby. You should have seen how her eyes got as big as saucers and the hope building up in her face. And then I said "April Fool's!" and the hope was dashed, but she still was able to laugh at herself.

If you wonder where Bria got this trait of believing whatever anyone says, you only have to look at Joel to find out. He was told by so many students yesterday that their instruments were broken or that they weren't able to come to the concert last night. He would always start to freak out a little bit inside when they revealed they had only been April fooling him. He initially believed every single one of all 32 kids who pulled this on him.

So, yeah, it's a fun day. But I'm kind of glad it only happens once a year because I'm afraid my head would explode trying to determine what is real all the time. Hope your April 1 was fun and that you weren't as gullible as I was.
Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. I've never gotten into the holiday either...Chloe seemed to enjoy it better watch her as she gets older...LOL!

  2. I fell for it on a friends blog when she announced she was expecting number #3. Then to scroll down to find out the due date. I felt really foolish! People like me make fun for all the pranksters.

  3. I hate hate hate April Fool's Day! It's against the rules in my classroom to play any pranks or jokes on that day. I was really glad to have had a district meeting yesterday so I didn't have to deal with all of the other kids at school!

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  5. Too funny about Chloe.
    Funny thing, Conner's room turned into a jungle last night and we were gonna take a rocket to school.

  6. No one tried to prank me, but it probably wouldn't have worked either.

    Love kids thinking they are so clever.

  7. Ok I did that April fools joke on Rob three years ago (the baby one), but the joke was on me. I really was pregnant.