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.