Sunday, April 01, 2007

backfire

i've decided that i'm not only quitting this blog, but i'm going to delete the whole thing from the blogosphere forever.

april fools!

yesterday, s was all about tomorrow being april fools day. she went on and oN AND ON! about the tricks she was going to play on us... spiders crawling in the hair and the whole kindergarten nine yards. she plotted and schemed, and kept asking how much longer until she could fool us.

normally we forget the holiday entirely at our house, but since she had made such a big deal out of it, i suppose it was on our minds. while the kids were sitting on the sofa watching cartoons and eating pillsbury cinnamon rolls this morning, t walked up to s and said, "OH MY GOSH! I HAVE NEVER SEEN SUCH A HUGE TICK IN MY LIFE AND IT'S CRAWLING ON YOUR FOREHEAD" to s. her face flushed, she looked entirely panicked, and you could almost see as the sweat beads began to form on her pretty little brow. "HOLD ON! LET ME GET IT OFF!" he hollered at her as she flinched.

"APRIL FOOL!" he blared, right at the same moment that she burst, wailing, into uncontrollable tears. i was laughing through my own tears as i held and rocked her, soothing that it was okay, it was just a joke. bad parents! bad, BAD parents!

she and i plotted how to get daddy back, and h in the process. when they came in from outside, she bounced up to them with a big grin and blurted, "I BROKE YOUR NEW REMOTE CONTROL DALEK! (a dalek is a robot totalitarian from bbc's hit show "dr who" that both our boys are nuts for)" daddy obviously knew it was a joke, so he made a big deal out of it, but poor h was in the background, his face crumpling.

"APRIL FOOL!" shouted s as h finally caught on and daddy declared how well she had "gotten" him. a minute later, she climbed up in my lap and said," mommy? do you promise you won't tell daddy something?" "of course i won't tell him, honey," i cajoled (i'll just post it on the internet for the entire world to see). "what is it?" she started to cry as she said, "when i told daddy about the dalek, i thought i was going to get in TROUBLE!" boo-hoo-hoo.

what a mess! i'm not sure we're quite ready for celebrating april fools day at our house. we'll try it again in 5 years and i'll let you know how it goes.

p.s. she got her hair put in french braids as a special treat for tolerating our bad parenting, so now she's bubbly again.

12 comments:

ML said...

Poor baby, she tried to celebrate, but got maimed. April Fools is horrid sometimes.

I totally forgot about April Fools this year.

beth said...

Too cute. April Fools at our house is usually the opposite. We've gotten W lots of times real good, sometimes multiple times in one day. The funniest had to do with overflowing toilets, I almost wet myself laughing so hard at him running around with plungers and trying to turn the water supply off. The year the Harley was "stolen" did not go over too well. This year we forgot, and he waited all day expecting.

gmcountrymama said...

My kids thought it would be funny to try and lock me in my bedroom. Ha, the joke was on them, I went back to bed.

Beenzzz said...

I'm glad she got her hair braided and it made her feel better. Even as a adult (if you wanna call me that) I'm not fond of April Fool's!!!!!! I like the name for the remote and how you guys came up with it. :)

Jay said...

Wow, who knew that april fool's could be such an emotional roller coaster ride?

J at www.jellyjules.com said...

I remember when Maya was just a toddler...I was down on my hands and knees, playing some game or another, and I thought it would be funny to jump out from behind the sofa at her. Poor thing, she was SCARED, and cried and cried. Bad Mama, BAD BAD! So I totally know where you're coming from. And yes, I laughed at the time, even though she was crying. Bad Mama.

Lotus Reads said...

My kids forgot all about April Fool's (thank goodness) but my best friend's 9-year old did not, she put mustard in her mom's shoes...the ones she wears to work! ;)

booklogged said...

Funny and sad, both. No mishaps here. I'm not much of a prankster. When I'm a bad, BAD parent it's usually for real. ^v^

Ally Bean said...

Oh man, you got me with your first line!! I was sitting here saying "no, no." Now I'm sitting here lol at myself. Good one.

Da Mommy said...

wow, my DD freaked out when April Fooled also...I've quit doing it with her because she couldn't deal without bursting into tears from embarrassment at having been "gotten". I did get DS though, told him the pizza place had a sweepstakes thingie for a million dollars on the inside of the pizza box, LOLOLOL!! Well, joke was on me, he had plotted also and had taped the sprayer on the sink and got me (he does this one every year..I usually set the clocks ahead in the morning to make them all think they are late and then laugh when they are ready an hour early all freaked out at being late) little tidbit- it doesn't scar them for life....

Angela in Europe said...

Oh, how fun. However, I am sure everyone could have done without the tears....

Susan in Italy said...

It's a funny story! But actually you got me in the beginning of your post. I thought you were quitting blogging! That would have sucked. Thanks for hanging in there.