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My Own Private Joke

My Own Private Joke

April 2, 2006

For all the parents out there who have had to fiend surprise at the (fake) cup of spilled coffee on the sofa, the plastic spiders on the floor, and toy snakes on the top of the bathroom door.

Who have endlessly looked down at the front of their shirts when one of their children asks, “What’s on your shirt?” only to be hit by a finger underneath the chin.

Who have heard knocking and gone to the front door to find no one standing there.

Who have had an elastic band put around the sprayer nozzle on the sink so that they get a refreshing morning face wash while attempting to make the morning coffee.

Who have had the sugar in the sugar bowl replaced with salt.

Who have endured a breathless, familiar, little voice on the other end of the phone asking if the refrigerator is running.

Who have withstood April Fools jokes on more than just April 1st.

This one’s for you.

This year the planets aligned, fate intervened, and God was on my side. Daylight savings time, usually the bane of my existence, fell on April Fools Day.

I changed all my clocks ahead Saturday evening before dinner. I meant to tell the kids when they were getting ready for bed an hour early and shout out “April Fools!” Honest, that was my plan.

But then I thought it would be WAY more funny if they actually went to bed an hour early. I realized that I didn’t need to disclose the prank to them in order to feel good about it.

As I sat on the couch after they all went upstairs I had a laugh all to myself. And it was good. I may have even said, “Who’s the fool now, suckha” while I ate some jelly beans right out of the bag.

But I’m not telling.

Posted by Chris @ 2:27 pm  

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  1. Mary Poppins NOT says:

    Hey, good one. I think I may use that on other days, as well. Maybe any day that an extra hour is like gold.

  2. Dana says:

    You told all of us! Glad you had an extra hour of time to yourself.

  3. WickedWench says:

    That was awesome!

  4. jeans5kids says:

    Now that is funny! (in a kind of mom’s only kind of way) hahaha!

  5. truth says:

    I think if it were me, I’d have to tell the next day. That way you can enjoy the prank a little longer, lol. That’s a good one!

  6. deputyswife says:

    “Who’s the fool now, suckha” has tears rolling out of my eyes!

    Hey, I have not heard of the sprayer nozzle thing. I will have to try that on my sister… ehehehe…

  7. The Daring One says:

    I look up to a woman who calls her kids suckha and is mature enough to torture them without rubbing it in their face. Nicely done.

  8. Chilihead2 says:

    Love. That! I’m so jealous I didn’t think of it.

  9. momteacherfriend says:

    I am still marveling at the fact that they went for it!
    Simply spendid!

  10. Jennifer says:

    Ha! Ha! good for you!

  11. Maddy says:

    ROTFL you’re a wicked mother but so so clever.

  12. Kim says:

    Brilliant!! That is just so amazingly simple yet effective. I wish I would have thought of it.

  13. Jeana says:

    That is hysterical! We had “fake” midnights on New Year’s Eve for several years, until the little stinkers got their own watches and learned to tell time.

  14. B.E.C.K. says:

    Awesome. Just awesome. :-)

  15. Momma M says:

    And comments from an Army wife with three wild little boys: HOO-AH! ;)

  16. Katie says:

    You are so smart! I didn’t remember Daylights Savings until Sunday morning and then we were running around late for everything.

  17. Wicked Stepmom says:

    HaHaHa! Brilliant!

    I can’t believe I didn’t think of that! Though I was rewarded by kids (and YES, even the baby!) sleeping an hour later in spite of daylight savings. Or would that make it two hours later? ::shrug::

  18. Heather says:

    We did the exact same thing! The shocker was that they fell for it-even the baby who was extra tired from missing a nap the day before.

  19. halloweenlover says:

    Genius, Chris, pure genius.

  20. Lori says:

    Bwahahahaahhahahahahahaaha! Good one! I’ll have to remember that one next year.

  21. Kristen says:

    Beautiful! They fell for it, and YOU gained an hour to yourself. Ha! Stupid kids!


  22. SaucyMomma says:

    Good one. I so thought you would to tell your husband you were preggers.

  23. Jen says:


  24. Melissa says:

    That was a good one. I’ll have to remember that for the future, when my kids are a tiny bit older.

  25. andrea says:

    Such a clever Mama indeed! Now tell us, did they wake an hour earlier though? :) a.

  26. Ali says:

    i wish i’d thought of it!

  27. She says:

    I saw your blog mentioned in the BabyTalk magazine that I received today. The article was about Blogging Mamas. Since I’m a blogging mama as well I thought I’d come over and see yours.

  28. Leah says:

    Simply breathtaking. I’m doin’ it next year! Hehehehehe!

  29. D says:

    If only we could do that *every* day….

  30. J's Mommy says:

    Dammit - why didn’t I think of that!!!

  31. HangerMom says:

    That story made me HAPPY! Good one. Getting a little bit back.

  32. Jamie says:

    I’m so doing that next year before my 3-year-old learns to tell time! :)

  33. Jody says:

    Oh, crack me up! Did you tell them this morning?

  34. Erika says:

    *snif, snif* That was your most moving post yet. Beau-ti-ful, I tell you.

  35. Erin says:


  36. Meepers says:

    A stroke of pure genius! I once placed a rubber (very realistic looking) snake next to my friends’ mothers’ leg at a picnic, than moved it a little bit against her. She chased me for about a half mile.

  37. Helene says:

    Darn — why didn’t I think of that. Too funny!

  38. Kim/Thomas says:


    But why wait for April fool’s to do that…

    Make it a weekly occurence, set all the clocks ahead every week, see how long it takes them to catch on, after they go to bed and are all sleeping, put them back to the right time…hahaha, yes I am evil:) I’d do it:) especially to sit and eat jellybeans by myself!

  39. Michelle says:

    Why, oh, why didn’t I think of that? I’ve decided you are my hero! :)

  40. InterstellarLass says:

    I bow to you and your brilliance.

  41. kfk says:

    Wickedly good! Loved it and will remember that for future reference.