Do you remember that amazing steamboat museum I took Ryan to in Kansas City last year? You don’t? Neither does he. Thank goodness I keep a blog as proof of major life experiences – you know, like viewing 200 tons of a virtual time-capsule from the remains of a ship that sunk in the Missouri River in 1856.
You know which memories of his six-plus years Ryan remembers best? The times I was just plain silly. The times I surprised him. Like when his brother Noah was two and insisted that “nobody” give him a bath. I donned a shower cap and fleecy bathrobe and pretended I was a Mrs. Doubtfire-lady figure named “Nobody.”
“You want Nobody to give you a bath,” I said, channelling Robin Williams channelling Mrs. Doubtfire. “Well, here I am, my darlings, I’m Nobody. Nobody is here to give you a bath.”
Ryan giggled, while Noah just stared at me.
“I know, I know. You want Nobody to give you a bath. Well, Nobody wants to give you a bath.”
“You want Nobody to wash your hair. Well, my love, Nobody will.”
The schtick went on and on. A year and a half later, the boys still request Nobody at bath time.
I love any excuse and reminder for us to be totally silly with our kids. I wish I remembered more often that you really don’t need an excuse. Still, April Fools’ Day is Monday. Tomorrow!
Don’t let it pass you by.
This year, I’m planning to start the day with these “undrinkable” juice cups with breakfast I saw on village. I’m going to try this natural vegetarian take on Jello mixed with cranberry or orange juice.
If I find a small enough box (no idea where I’d find a matchbox in my house), I will pack the boys a “micro lunch” or snack like this one from Family Fun magazine.
I picked up these fake lottery tickets at the dollar store a few weeks and plan on slipping a few in Ryan’s lunchbox with a coin for scratching off. Is it mean to make him think he is a millionaire from lunchtime to 3:15 pm?
Inspired by Homegrown Friend’s Happy Birthday Nobody party, I think April Fools’ Day might be the perfect time to have an after-school birthday party for nobody.
As my husband (a very good prankster) has often shown, the best jokes are not so elaborate as just completely unpredictable.
For more April Fools ideas, check out the 2012 April Fools’ Day post.