It creeps up on me every year.
The end of March is here before I know it, and suddenly, everyone is talking about what to do for April Fools day.
It's usually the kids who keep this alive, but this year, I got my wife really good.
The last heavy snow of the season toppled our clothesline umbrella, turning up the cement anchor and bending an aluminum support arm.
We decided to replant the anchor and pour more Quick Crete around it yesterday. It was drying nicely.
Today, I made sure we did a nice big load of bright white clothes, and helped hang them out on the newly resurrected fixture. (We had attempted to erect it last weekend, but it toppled twice until we figured out what the problem was, and if it was worth fixing.)
So, after the load was fully hung out, we moved onto other projects, and just before I had to leave for work, I called into her in the house, that she was going to have to do the laundry all over again... that the clothesline had toppled once again.
Like a shot she came flying out of the house, ready to scoop the soiled clothes out of the muddy grass beneath the pole... when I sang out "April Fools!"
The shoe she threw at me just missed my retreating car as I backed away from the house...
UPDATE:I attempted to get my kids, in a time-delay prank.
Before I left, I put up a note on our TV where we leave messages for each other. They know that I've been painting the wood trim in our house over the winter in a sporadic manner, and threatening to repaint their bathroom.
Well, today I left a note telling them that I had gotten busy and repainted that bathroom the way I thought it should be colored, and that I hoped they liked it orange now.
In the bathroom, I left a note on the mirror saying "April Fools, love Dad".
When I got home late that night, there was a note on the TV from my son, saying "The shower rod pulled out of the wall again, Dad. After you repaired it, I was pulling down a towel from where it was drying when I went to take my shower, and.... it pulled out again. Sorry."
Of course, when I ran to the bathroom to see the damage, my very own note was setting there, taped to the still in place shower rod...
"April Fools: Love Dad..." but he had crossed off the word "Dad" and substituted his own name in red pen.
What a chip off the old block!