April Fools' Day of my fourth grade year was uneventful... until bedtime. When I was getting ready for bed, I tried to put on my pajamas, only to find that my mother had sewn my pajama bottoms together.
Today, my daughter asked, "Will you sew my pajama bottoms together for April Fools' Day?"
I replied that I couldn't even get done the sewing I had to do (i.e. the cherry blossom doll a friend commissioned, the green dress that once would have taken mere days to complete).
I reminded her to be aware of the other kids today. A few days ago when the class had a substitute, one of the tricksters in her class changed her behavior card from green to red.
He told her it was an early April Fool's joke.
She said, "It wasn't funny."
He replied, "I wasn't laughing."
Neither was she.
When my daughter was younger, her laughter was full-bodied and contageous. Maybe the loss of unrestrained laughter an inevitable part of growing up, but I don't like it. I want to bring it back.
My daughter wants an April Fools' Day joke that isn't mean. Do you have any ideas?