In our inside writing circle last week, we broke from a series of heavy sessions in favor of something lighter – thanks to April Fool’s day! Our opening poem described a prank played between sisters (see Prompt of the Week) and this truly set the stage for hilarity. Given the opportunity to write about practical jokes played on or by them, the women turned right to their writing. Others opted to distinguish between practical jokes and bullying. What they all shared during the 20 minutes of dedicated writing time was focus and the desire to tell a good story. There were a good dozen around the table, each unique. I have taken a few samples here to share a flavor of the variety of offerings.
So it’s April. What a perfect time to have your children do the nighttime dishes, right? So you clear the table and scrape the plates, making sure you have the video camera ready. OK. Now, call the kids. Flip the coin – who is washing and who is drying? Heads – it is my son who gets stuck doing the washing. So he turns around and as always – how many times do we need to explain to him you wash and rinse in lukewarm water? Nope! Does not sink into his head.
So he reaches up and turns on the ice cold water and BLAST! Boy, did he get it. Cold water everywhere. But my daughter didn’t find it so funny when she thought she had won the easy part of the deal when she found out she got the part of the deal drying up the mess. The awesome part of it was, we had taped the sprayer down; so when you turned the water on, it sprayed them. It was really funny. He thought he could try to get us back later that night with the same joke. Continue reading