Wouldn’t it be Funny? A special post for April Fools’ Day

It was not surprising that after my cousin’s visit I discovered over the following week that every strap on every single bra I owned had been readjusted.

What my cousin didn’t realize as he drove off laughing was that every shirt in his suitcase was buttoned to another shirt in his suitcase.

Oh, and his shoes were stuffed with boxers.

We come from a long line of humor loving pranksters. Alli describes my  family as fun. Others may have other adjectives but one you will not hear is serious. You may have to watch your back at our family gatherings, but I love the humor.

My grandmother told me that when she was little she stuck her hand in the mailbox expecting mail but found a live black snake instead. Prank – compliments of her uncle.

Momma Doye (My silly grandmother. Gosh I miss her) and Larry. Right before I shot this photo she sat in his lap.

Mom loves to tell the story of how her father woke her saying that her boyfriend was home  from the war and was waiting to see her. Already anticipating his arrival (He was due home at 9:00 am the following morning.)  and thinking she had overslept – she jumped out of bed, dressed, did her hair and makeup and ran downstairs only to find her Dad sitting in the living room laughing.

It was 3:00 a.m.

That’s my grandfather John there on the left in drag for a “woman-less wedding” I think I got his legs. I’m sure I got his humor.

In our family if a sentence begins with, Wouldn’t it be funny, it is usually a lead-in to a great prank idea. Like the time Mom said, “Wouldn’t it be funny if while dipping all these rum balls in chocolate, we dipped a few cheese chunks?

The look upon my brother’s face after raiding the newly made Christmas rum balls was beyond priceless.

My Dad’s earliest prank was when he found a freshly made cow patty, covered it with sand and invited his friend Hector out to play. He told him he’d let him jump in his sand-pile first. Hector’s mother was never impressed with Dad after that, but he and Hector are in their eighties and are still friends.

Before the birth of digital photography and Adobe Photoshop my Dad would go to great lengths to paste-up funny photos.

Dad’s paste-up of President LBJ during an assignment in Nashville. He took one photo from the actual event with the crowds, Secret Service people and LBJ, and went back the next day and took a photo of the normal street and cut and pasted the 2 together with glue and scissors.

Dad not only taught me the fine art of altering photos, but also the fine art of altering magazine covers. It seemed there was never a magazine on our coffee table that had not been tampered with. I grew up thinking that cover girls were always missing teeth or had uni-brows.

How I found my room one morning, compliments of my mother.

To round out my “home school education in humor” my mother taught me how to make garlic gum by making a small slit in a piece of Double Bubble Bubble Gum, slipping in a sliver of fresh garlic, dusting with powdered sugar and re-wrapping. She helped me prepare enough of these for my whole English class my junior year of high school.

I can still see the faces. Did I mention I was friendless in high school? (Not really.)

Poor Larry didn’t know what he was getting into. He really didn’t. He grew up in a serious, more reserved family, but I’ve never held that against him. He can’t help it.☺ He’s a great sport and participant now!

About 3 months into our relationship I went over to Larry’s place very early in the morning on  April 1st.  I was armed with a stack of newspapers and masking tape and proceeded to cover every window and door.

Matt and Larry’s house on the river- The Fernbank Inn- April 1, 1982

Larry kept waking to darkness, then going back to sleep thinking that it was still night-time. When he finally looked out and saw the newspaper covering the windows and doors, he thought the landlord had decided to paint the house. He was captive inside for a long while that day until he looked at the calendar.

Then I received a phone call.

He knows to watch out for me on April Fools’ Day now.

Last year on April 1st I went to Alli’s school and moved her car to another parking space. Larry went to work with a “Beiber Rocks my Worldsign on the back of his car. Mom and Dad woke to a flock of birds in their tree that didn’t move (because they were fake). And everyone at my work place was wondering why the sign on the main door directed them to the back door.

Most of my parent’s friends and our friends are also fun-loving people and sometimes join in on our  pranks.

My mother’s buddy Pearl brought her friend Wanda over to meet my mother for the first time. Unbeknown to Wanda and Mom, Pearl had told each of them that the other was extremely hard of hearing and that they needed to talk very loudly. So, all night Pearl just sat back with a smirk on her face while Mom and Wanda proceeded to shout at each other.

And then, there’s  Lobster, or Lobby for short. He is the most famous of all of our group effort pranks with friends and family.

Lobster Sandwich, courtesy of G., one of my parent’s friends

Lobster began his flocked plastic life with our family as part of a prop in one of my Dad’s photo shoots. He became a world traveler because he somehow ended up in people’s suitcases,  pockets, cars and purses. One friend in New York sent him home with an I♥NY sticker on his back. He arrived home from New Mexico with chili peppers in his claw. He even traveled to Africa and came home wearing a kanga. He would show up under pillows, in dresser drawers, in the mail, at family parties, in the fridge and on the Christmas tree. He even made an appearance on the gift table at our wedding. He sometimes wrote letters.

Well, the lady at Cain Sloan was rather surprised to find Lobster in the pocket of a jacket we were returning. (So were we!)  I tried to explain to the cashier that he was a family joke and my mother had probably put him there blah, blah, blah, but she seemed a little scared of us after that and didn’t want to talk much. It was a speedy quick transaction.

I once involved a friend to call my father at his office. He told him  he was Frank from John F. Lawhon’s Furniture Store and he needed to make a delivery to his home but his wife who had ordered the living room suite was not answering the phone. (I knew Mom was out running errands.)

First off, Dad was fumed that his Dot had purchased furniture without even talking it over with him. Second, he was angry because she had set it up to be delivered and was not home.

Dad left his work, drove all the way home and waited, and waited. About an hour later Mom showed up, puzzled at his presence in the middle of the day. Let’s just say they had a little discussion about the issue. Mom kept telling him that she didn’t order furniture.Then it hit them. It was April Fools’ Day! What was the one word that came out of their mouths at the same time?

“LIBBY!”

Busted.

I’m proud to say that Alli is carrying on. She has quick wit and a gift for seeing a prank worth playing.

During Spring Break we attended the arts and crafts festival  in Fairhope, Alabama on our way to the beach each year. Alli’s friend Grace used to go with us. They would purchase a drink in a coconut cup and take photos with it and random people. It was a greatly humorous project. Here is my favorite set of photos from one of those times:

No words needed, huh? Mr. Sleepy Man with your Headphones on…If you only knew…

I could go on and on, but I shall leave you now with  a list of some fun and simple pranks for you to carry out this holiday weekend ahead. (Yes, in my book, April 1 should be a national holiday.)

At home:

  1. Short sheet beds.
  2. Place a rubber band around the vegetable sprayer at the kitchen sink.
  3. Boil all the eggs in the fridge.  Except the one you pack in someone’s lunch.
  4. Lace someone’s shoes backwards. (The bows really do look cute down near the toes…)
  5. Switch all the drawers in someone’s dresser.

At the office:

  1. Switch the decaf and regular coffee pots.
  2. Place a strip of tape over the optical sensor on an office mate’s mouse.
  3. Replace a few sheets of paper in the copier with random sheets of colored paper.
  4. Transfer all calls to one person (but not your boss.)
  5. Have everyone you know call one of your office mates and ask for Fred all day. At the end of the day have someone call this same office mate and say, “This is Fred, do I have any messages?”

Okay, I’ve said too much.

Not that I’ve tried any of the above. They are only suggestions. Use these ideas at your own risk.

Happy April Fools’ (or is it April Fool’s?) Day!

Watch your back. Have fun, but be careful.

Love and laughter,

Libby Lu

P.S. Since April Fools’ Day 2012 falls on a Sunday, I hereby declare that it shall be celebrated Friday-Monday this year!

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22 thoughts on “Wouldn’t it be Funny? A special post for April Fools’ Day

  1. Awesome Libby! I can just see “The Grand Potentate of Goodlettsville” getting fired up about the furniture! Y’all are a blessed family for yourselves and certainly for others too! 🙂

    • Oh that is great! Why didn’t I do that? April Fools…Love it. Thanks for reading my blog. I love reading yours…Great to see life from a guy’s perspective via a blog.

      Watch your back,
      LL

        • Okay, I’m an idiot. Actually, I had your username confused with another… a dad that writes about raising his kids. HA SILLY me. I just checked out your blog and can’t wait to read more. My husband is a HUGE history buff and will love it, too. Thanks for reading my silly blog. My name is really not Lu. HA It’s Leslie Elizabeth. I go by Libby, but my grandmother and a few friends call me Libby Lu, so I go with it. Lu for a first name…Love it. Thanks for reading and setting me straight… will be reading on your blog this afternoon. LL

          • You aren’t the first to be confused by the name. I’ve updated my screen name to FacetsofLucy to hopefully clarify; I’d been considering it for awhile. Its also the name of my other blog which is more “me”. I’d love to hear what you think of it since I enjoy your writing style and humor.” Al’s War: One Man’s Journey…” is sort of a love offering to my deceased step-father. Thanks.

  2. I’m busting a gut! Will be thinking of you on April 1. My boys ALWAYS get me with the rubber band tied around the sink sprayer and the famous fake roach (I detest roaches). Please report back your 2012 pranks.
    Linda

    • Glad to help you bust a gut. Can’t wait to hear what your boys do to you on Sunday. Isn’t that simple prank one of the best…The victim just can’t believe it and they keep on turning on the water to see what is going on…

      It’s early, and I’ve already carried out one prank. It was priceless.

      Have a great weekend,
      LL

  3. I love the care your father put into that LBJ photograph. He was the real deal.
    The sweetest practical joke I ever experienced: A coworker of mine had six kids. He had to get a couple of things done over the weekend, so he had to come by the office for an hour with a batch of the kids with him. To keep them busy he had them go around the office and write down all the phone numbers. Then they called every number and left a knock-knock joke. EVERYONE in the building had a knock-knock joke on Monday morning. It was the happiest Monday morning ever.

    • Awwww that is sooo sweet. What a grand idea, and a great dad. I would LOVE to find a knock knock joke on my answering machine on a Monday. But maybe not THIS Monday. HA

      Thanks for appreciating Dad’s photo. He has soooo many of them and all of them are hilarious. He once re-did a cover of Time with Oliver North on it that made me lose the contents of my bladder. He spent serious time on that one with an Exacto knife and rubber cement… I think I have that cover somewhere. Probably hiding out with Lobby somewhere. If I find it, I’ll share it.

      Thanks, as always, for reading!
      L.

  4. I must say that I have been in on a few pranks, but you definitely win the “Queen Prankster” award. I think I’ll stay over on THIS side of the state until AFTER April Fool’s Day. 🙂

    I love all the photos, Libby. I wish I would have thought to take pictures of mine, but then the cat would be out of the bag. (I haven’t confessed to all of them.) HA!

    • Awww, come on down to visit H. on Sunday and let’s do lunch ☺
      Thanks for reading and enjoying humor. Have a great weekend and watch your back!
      Love,
      L.

  5. Please tell me you live close enough to Atlanta that we can have dinner sometime! I am laughing myself to the point that my dog is staring at me with concern. I love pranks, but you take it to a much higher level. I definitely need a Lobby or something similar. My sister and I have a metal flamingo that has “hidden” in both our showers, in closets, behind curtains and even on the roof of her porch. It’s her turn now, so I am expecting Cee Lo to turn up any minute.

    Last night I connived with her kids (ages 8 and 11) to pretend that they had ZERO interest in discussing The Hunger Games movie which they saw Saturday and she and I saw Sunday. We got away with it until my nephew said, “I agree with Anne.” Then she knew something was up.

    I bow to your superior prankster ability. I shall do my best to have something good to report by Monday!

    • Nashville to Hotlanta…not too far. One of my dear writer friends, Lauretta Hannon lives there. She’s another humor loving gal like us! Maybe Lobby can come visit? Love the flamingo prank. Cee Lo. Too cute. Glad you are getting the next generation of pranksters educated in the fine art of laugh production.

      I expect a full report on Monday.

      Thanks for reading my blog. I’m enjoying yours, also. Jealous that you have a twisted sister. I was the second litter, having 2 older brothers.
      I think that’s another reason I’m so crazy.

      Have a FUN weekend,
      L.

  6. Libby — I love, love, love your blogs — whether funny or poignant — they are all so authentic!
    Can you believe our daughters are about to finish their first year of college? Your blogs have helped me maintain the appearance of sanity through this year! And your writing rocks!

    Another First-Year U mom . . .
    Tanya in Ft Worth

    • Glad to help. Writing this is keeping me sort of sane. HA Thanks so much for reading my blog and for your compliments.
      No, I sure can’t believe our girls are almost done with their 1Y. It’s flown.
      I hope we get to meet soon!
      LL

    • Poor guy. It took him a good 10 years of marriage before he’d help me short sheet a bed. He does love to see the reactions to our pranks though. (Thanksgiving is rather scary at our house. HA)

      Thanks for reading!

  7. Hi Libby – your posts always brighten my day. Lobby made me think of a ceramic elf that traveled many miles through Dave’s family. So ugly it was almost cute … but not quite 🙂

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