Today reminds me of my family. We are all spread out across two countries right now, but there’s something about memories that pulls me back and makes me feel like I never left home.
My family loves to laugh. We tell jokes, and on special days, like today, we try to out-prank each other. I feel pretty confident that I hold the ‘best ever joke’ title among my family though. Here’s how it went down.
I was about 25 years old and living at home. I was about to go to Europe for five weeks on my own and I was slowly compiling everything I would need to fit into my back pack. I lived in a room in my parents basement. The basement was completely finished and I was storing some of my items in the basement prior to a move out.
My parents used to leave for work about an hour (some times two) before I got up.
I called my mom first.
Me (in a panic): “Mom, I don’t know what to do. There’s water everywhere.”
Mom: “What do you mean?”
Me: “In the basement. Mom, there is about a foot of water everywhere. It’s on everything. I don’t know what to do.”
Mom: “Oh no. Just a minute.”
Me: “Mom, everything is soaked. My backpack, all of my stuff. What do I do?”
Mom (in a panic): “Wait one minute. I’m just… I…”
Me: “I can’t believe this is happening, and on April Fools Day.”
Mom: “I’m getting your dad on the phone. This is a good one.”
After a minute, where I’m sure my mom is telling my dad that there is an ’emergency’ and she’s putting me on the line.
Me (in a panic): “Dad, I just woke up, there’s water everywhere. I don’t know what to do.”
Dad: “What do you mean?”
Me: “There’s at least a foot of water in the basement. It’s moving around so I think it’s still filling up more.”
Dad: “Can you see where it’s coming from?”
Me: “I can’t see anything.”
Dad: “Okay, just a minute.”
Me (in a panic): “I can’t get off the bed. Dad, my backpack, my stuff, everything on the floor… it’s ruined. Dad, it’s a gross colour and it smells so bad.”
Queue breaking point
Dad (in a panic): “Sheri, just DO something.”
Me: “I don’t know what to do. I can’t BELIEVE this happened on April Fool’s Day.”
Dad: “You better not be there when I get home.”
Me: Takes a bow and claims my trophy for best prank ever.
What are your best April Fool’s Day jokes? Also, Happy April Fool’s.
Sheri publishes, and writes at This Bird’s Day where she shares all of the thoughts in her head without the voices. Sticking mainly with content for Canadians, Sheri shares family stories, product information and anything that fits into her (and her family’s) daily activities.