Happy Easter to everyone! The last time Easter was only April 1st was 1958, but the next time it happens will be in 2029—only an 11 year wait, not 50! Of course, April 1st is also April Fool’s Day. This week on Romance Writers Weekly, Jenna Da Sie asks:
Do you play or have you played an April Fool’s joke?
If you joined me from Leslie Hachtel, welcome!
I’m going to admit – I don’t really like practical jokes, especially when they are played on me. I don’t like not knowing things, and practical jokes are the ultimate sneak attack. But I have to admit—a cleverly played one can be very funny.
When I was a child, a local store went out of business and sold all their fixtures and fittings. My mother bought one of the mannequins to use as a scarecrow. This mannequin showed up in quite a few practical jokes over the years. I can’t remember how long we had had her when my mom asked me to call her “friend” in for coffee. “She’s just looking at the chickens,” Mom said. “Tell her the coffee is ready.” So I stood at the doorway and called. And called. It took me a long time to realize why my mom was killing herself laughing.
I work for a broadcast company with two radio stations and a TV station. Radio announcers often come up with hilarious practical jokes. One of the ones I remember best was when Mr. PG was stolen. Mr. PG is our town mascot, and there is a very large statue of him at the intersection of our four main highways. Our announcers spent all morning talking about how he’d been stolen and no one knew where he’d been taken. I drive by every morning on my way to work, and I hate to admit it, but it wasn’t until AFTER I had passed him (and, of course, he was still there) that I realized what day it was.
Is S. C. Mitchell a practical joker? Find out here as you continue on our hop!