Everyone loves a prank. Or at least pulling one. No one more than Newmom. For as long as I have known her, she loves a good spirited fun prank. Never mean spirited or with any malice in any of the pranks, just a good fun prank.
The Superbowl of Pranking happens to fall on the day after my Birthday and happens to be my cousin’s Birthday (literally the same year, and when my uncle called his family back in Ohio, half of them thought it was an April Fools Joke!). Every year NewMom has done something. This year was no different.
Before I get to this years prank, I will just highlight some of her previous work.
Last year she put food coloring on both my and the little guys toothbrushes so our mouths would turn Blue when we brushed our teeth (pay attention, she has successfully pulled off toothbrush pranks before) but what she didn’t count on is how it made the bristles of the toothbrush look. It just looked, Gross. So I said “there’s something wrong with my toothbrush” I got a terse “No there’s nothing wrong with it, just brush your teeth!”. I started to rinse the brush and it quickly started to revert to its normal appearance , and all the runoff was bright blue! Prank averted! I win!!
A few years earlier, when the little guy was LITTLE, she put some of his gum numbing cream for his teething pain on my toothbrush. Now that one didn’t make my brush look any different and to be honest, I wasn’t expecting anything. My mouth was numb when I finished brushing and I couldn’t figure out why! Newmom was laughing pretty hard at that one.
Another time the Prank was not toothbrush related but another good one. As I was leaving for work, I stepped on the throw rug we have at the doorstep to leave and it ‘Popped’ it really startled me. Newmom and the little guy were laughing pretty hard, as this time it was a joint effort, and it was bubble wrap carefully placed under the rug at the doorstep.
So to this year. I couldn’t sleep and got up to get a sip of cool water. when I exited the bedroom, newmom was in the hallway bathroom and I heard some different noises that were not normal. I figured out quickly the next prank was in motion. Even later in the evening (or was it early morning) I went into the bathroom and when I opened the lid, I saw it.
A GREAT WHITE SHARK IN THE TOILET!! OK, not really, it was a picture of a great white jaws open attacking. It made me laugh. It was a bit of a start, but not enough to make me shout out or anything like that. After I went to the other restroom I returned to bed. Later in the morning we heard the little guy rustling and eventually go into the bathroom. We both waited anxiously to hear his response. He came into our bedroom and said “very funny mom”. We were both trying to stifle our giggles. We asked what was going on, he said “there’s a shark in the toilet” and it was so deadpan that we both had a bit of a laugh. A little later in the morning, the little guy tried his own prank, changing a setting on the television and saying it wasn’t working. We were onto him pretty quickly.
So we will have to see what the future holds. To see what pranks we will fall victim (or catch on) to. But I love Newmom’s mischievousness, it is part of what makes her so special. And who doesn’t love to pull a good Prank?