I know, it was a few days ago. Forgive me, I'm a single mom in medicine. I get busy.
April Fool's snuck up on us this year. I was on call last weekend, and didn't get kids from dad and stepmom to celebrate Easter until mid-afternoon. We had a wonderful scavenger hunt (tradition) blow out at my mom and dads, followed by a fabulous dinner.
After I got the kids settled in bed on the eve of April 1st I plotted ideas, but didn't land on anything specific. I knew I had to get them, but wasn't sure how. The next morning, in the middle of breakfast/lunch-making/getting dressed/getting hair done (C takes for-EVAR!) mayhem something came to me spontaneously. Cecelia wandered sleepily into the front room absent-mindedly brushing her hair. Jack had just come downstairs from 15 minutes on the Wii - his reward for getting up early, brushing teeth, making bed, getting dressed and feeding Katybell, our cat.
"Oh, Cecelia? I was reading the news last night and I saw something really awful. Disney World exploded."
Cecelia snapped out of her hair brushing reverie and looked at me. "Wow, Mom. That is really terrible. How did that happen?"
I was busy cooking eggs and didn't see her face. I stumbled over how to explain in my mind (bombing? wayward Space Mountain car?) and was about to spit out some words until I looked at her. Her face was drawn down in a confused, desperate frown. Oh no. She believed me. I rushed to save her. "I'm just kidding! April Fool's!"
The relief on her face was palpable. "Oh. Mom, is it really April Fool's? Thank goodness that didn't really happen."
A couple of minutes later Jack walked up to me, stealth-like, while I was distracted with breakfast preparation. He confided loudly under his breath with concern in his voice, "Mom? You have a hole in your pants."
I jumped and looked down, remembering stretching out some old, worn out jeans a few weeks ago and busting a hole near my groin. Thank goodness he told me before I walked into work! I didn't see anything right away and looked at him questioningly. He grinned a devilish grin. "April Fool's Mom." I laughed, "I didn't even know you were paying attention Jack, good one!"
We had fun at breakfast and on the way to school plotting April Fool's jokes for their friends. C got me back that night - I'll bet she planned it all day. I was also inundated throughout the day with plausible snafus by techs and colleagues and gullibly took the bait. I was a little razzed and tortured at work after telling my Disney story, but it was worth it. I'll never let C live it down. She believed me when I told her that Disney World exploded. I've got magical mind persuasion powers.