April Fools Fun is Two-Way Street


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Parents can be pranksters, too! Get it out of your head that the only good jokes come from young and witty children. Yes, I do agree that they do manage to cough up many juice spitting, abdomen crunching one- and two-liners, but parents can be as creative. Or should I say, you need to start preparing for April Fool’s Day as soon as you finish reading this? 

Our kids usually get the upper hand on April Fools because they don’t have anything else to worry about to make them forget. They don’t have to pay any bills, work countless hours of the day and more. That’s the normal stuff parents do, so they plot and plan on how to fool us when the day comes as soon as we get off work. But I have a little surprise for them this year. I am going to be the one that gets them first.

Over the last couple of years, seeing my son run in and out of the house as quickly as possible, breathing effortlessly like a World Record-holding 100-meter sprinter when dumping the trash to avoid any “killer bees” that may be lurking around has really tickled me. This would be a perfect time to buy a fake bee and place it on the trash can and let him know that the trash needs dumping (when it probably doesn’t). Seeing his reaction will be priceless…almost instant award-winning comedy from me.

I would feel bad after pranking my daughter, but only after I enjoy about an hour of laughter. It’s good for the soul and this week it will be highly needed. She loves sweets — anything from the famous Sour Power to Doughnuts. She will try any type of candy; but she is not so much for fruits and vegetables. Trying to get her to eat those is very much similar to the Step Sisters trying on the glass slipper in “Cinderella.” But, I have a trick. I can grab a pack of those bite size Twix and, after I eat all the real ones, refill the little packages with carrots. I might even go as far as dipping the carrots in chocolate. I can’t wait to see their faces.

Enjoy pranking your kids this April Fools, as long as it is safe. And if you do, keep in mind that they will get you back. Sleep with the light on and one eye open.

G. I. Barrett, II, a short story author, novelist, freelance writer and poet, is a North Carolina native and proud father of a son and daughter. He has forthcoming novels, including The Rise & Fall of Love’s Gravitational Pull. Connect with Barrett on Twitter: @therealgeneralb, Instagram: @wordolo_g and Facebook: facebook.com/therealgeneralb.

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G. I. Barrett, II, short story author, novelist, freelance writer and poet, is a native of North Carolina. He enjoys being a father and often considers himself the father of the year, every year. Being a dad has its perks. You get to shower your kids with love, food and the occasional evil eye. Every holiday enhances the relationship between a dad and his kids. Each month, Barrett will share parenting stories that focus on holidays from a dad’s perspective. When he’s not running down behind his daughter and son, or becoming a sturdy Stallion horse strong enough to carry two young and energetic cow-children on his back, he enjoys the family aspects of his community and incorporates his love for parenthood. Barrett has been featured in magazines and newspapers and believes painting the interesting parent picture with his “quill paintbrush” will help those who need reassurance that life is full of vibrant experiences.

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