Saturday, April 01, 2006

April Fool's!

It's April Fool's day. A day to play pranks on the ones you love the most, and those who perhaps you don't love so much. I remember back with I was a kid, the playground at recess was filled with childish pranks: "There's a hole in your pants ... APRIL FOOL'S!" "You have something on your nose ... APRIL FOOL'S!" It's funny how somethings never change from one childhood to the next (on a related note,Boogie has taken to saying, "For reals." I remember that phrase as a kid, and now my daughter has learned it from one of the kids at school ... everything seems to come around full circle).

While I've had my share of April Fool's jokes, I remember the very first time I was pranked by an adult. It happened when I was 11. I was in the fifth grade and had a best friend named Tammy. Every morning I'd several blocks to her house and then we'd walk to school together. You want to know the most pathetic thing about that? I lived across the street from the school. But I'd get up early, walk blocks in the opposite direction, so my friend wouldn't have to walk by herself. Would she have done the same thing for me? Would anyone? I don't know.

Anyway, one morning in early April, I made the well-worn journey to her house. I knocked on the door and her mom answered.

Tammy's mom: Boogie's mom, I'm surprised to see you here.
Me: What do you mean? I'm here to pick up Tammy.
Tammy's mom: Oh, she left already. She finished getting ready early, so she left to meet you halfway. You didn' see her?" (Sometimes Tammy and I would cut through the alleyway as a short cut, so I figured that morning she and I had missed each other. )
Me: No, I didn't. OK, I'll see you later.

While this discussion sounds calm, I could feel my stomach fluttering and my eyes starting to tear up. For some reason, the thought of walking back to school by myself was devastating to me (again, pathetic, I know). I started running down the block hoping to catch up with her.

Tammy's mom: Boogie's mom, wait! Come back!"

I turned around and saw that she was laughing. And that Tammy was standing behind her, laughing as well. It turned out to be Tammy's April Fool's joke to me. I put on a brave face and laughed along with them, but something inside me felt sad. I can't even explain it now. Maybe it was the embarrassment of seeing people laughing at me, something an extremely shy girl like me wasn't very comfortable with. Now that I think about it, maybe that's why I'm always joking around with people now. I figure if people are going to laugh at me, at least I can control the laughter.

So this April Fool's try to be kind to others, especially little kids. Now, I'm off to take my first skydiving flight ... APRIL FOOL'S!