I adore making believe, trips to the theatre, and suspended reality in the darkness of a movie-house!
However, I have never ben able to tell a lie and call it a prank! I've had my fair share of "April Fool's!" ideas, but never the courage to carry them out, until this year. Yesterday morning all the boys and their dad were gathered around the table with their bowls of cereal, waiting for me to join them with a bowl of strawberries. With the help of my ketchup bottle hidden deep in the sink I covered one hand with "blood," picked up my knife and turned toward them all... screaming! In an instant I knew that I had traumatized each one of them, my husband most of all!
But the best prank came a few days early. I had expected to hold the prank until April Fool's Day, but once I had my husband's faith in my hands I simply couldn't keep it up. It all began with a text message among some of my girl-friends. One of them send us a picture of herself in protective glasses with a gun at the firing range. She wrote, "Date Night!" Another suggested that the next time we're all together we ought to have a ladies night out and go shooting. I quickly replied, "Just come to my house and my husband can leave the guns out. Bunnies are 10 points, coyotes 100. Not two minutes passed when Bethany replied with a real picture of a DEAD COYOTE and the caption:
100 points for me!
Sick, right? Wait till you hear what I did with this picture next. But first let me tell you about the coyotes who live in the ravine on our property; they are a brazen and bold pack, bigger than average and often out in the late afternoon trying to lure the German Shepherd off the horse property behind our home. They've come too close to my boys and when we called animal control they said that the only thing they would do is shot the animals themselves. This was all the license my Texan needed to bring out the arsenal. All that said, he has't shot one yet!
Now onto the prank: When my man was away on a trip a few days ago I texted Bethany's picture to Matt with the message: "O my goodness! O my Goodness! Look what I just did. He was sitting on the meadow all morning so I decided to get one of your guns down. The boys are freaking out singing, "Mom's a better shot that Daddy! Mom's a better shot than Daddy!"
If the prank worked! I thought Matt would be jealous, all my girlfriends rightly predicted turned-on would be more like it. Matt called immediately, breathless with excitement. "I can't believe it!" He kept saying, "Neither can I!" Was all I could get out amidst the laughter. The laughter fit somehow in the bubbling up of emotion over the phone. When I stopped laughing long enough I mustered, "I hate to tell you this, but it only took one shot. Went clean through, then he dropped."
"Noooooooooo!" He was yelling now. "You're amazing! I haven't been on Facebook in six months but I've got to post this. My wife is awesome!!!" That's when I crumbled.
"I didn't do it... I didn't do it..."
"What? I don't understand."
"I didn't do it... I didn't do it..."
The truth came out in one long run-on sentence, and then there was laughter. The boys were jumping up and down beside me too, all of us howling like a pack at midnight!
No big deep post here on Love Covers today, just some laughter. It was a fun April Fools' Day / Week, one the boys will remember it until next year. However, for the other 364 days 'til then, God's Word tells us, "Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered." (Proverbs 28:26) And so last night after diner, I gave the boys a huge bag of gummy bears (actually filled with grapes) for dessert, and we started in on a new Bible devotional together; The Case for Christ for Kids, by Lee Stroble.
We began with a conversation about the newly released film "God's Not Dead," then discussed what it means to "make a case" about what we believe. We are excited to see our boys grow in wisdom during the course of our evening devotions together. And hopefully, as we do, there will still be much laughter.
Categories: Raising Boys