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April 2, 2014

April Fools Was Tougher On Me Than It Was On Them This Year…

Filed under: LIFE,Out Of the Mouths Of Babes,The vaguarities of Parenting — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Yesterday was April Fools Day and the evening before whilst I was busy folding laundry in one half of our living room, Himself sneaked in and whispered that he was going to tell Little Mr. that there was going to be free ice-cream for all the kids at school tomorrow …as an April Fools Day prank.

I immediately said that our kids will not  surely not believe that ice-cream would be free,  and as soon as I had said that Himself concurred and quickly disappeared into the other half of the living room to tell Little Mr.

Our living room is two rooms partitioned off by a set of stained glass sliding doors, which were slightly open so I could hear the ensuing conversation in the other half of the room.

Himself:Little Mr, I had an email from your teachers to say that there will be an ice-cream van coming to school  so that all of the kids at school can have a special treat.  Here is the money you need to take to school so that you can pay for your ice-cream

Little Mr:Oooh yum, Thank you Papa!”

(slight pause)

Little Mr: “Papa?

Himself:Yes Darling?

Little Mr:Papa, could I please have some extra money so that if some children have forgotten their money they can still have an ice-cream too? Their Mamas and Papas could give you the moneys back later?

Himself:That’s a lovely idea….” (conversation then turned to the instructions of the Lego model Little Mr. was busy building)

I don’t know about you, but when I heard my sweet boy being immediately concerned that other children might forget their money and miss out on an ice-cream, and want to do something to make sure they weren’t disappointed, my heart melted…

I’m in two minds as to whether this is a good joke or not, on one hand our kids won’t be scarred for life if they miss out on one ice-cream, but Little Mr. has a very soft heart and is a natural born carer… he’s always looking out for smaller kids, he loves nothing better than being a helper, he’s best friends with a disabled boy at school and has no problem to stay at his friends slower pace when the rest of the boys and girls get impatient and after being in an initial group, sprint off ahead.

Himself thinks this is an excellent joke, so much so in fact that he said he was struggling to keep straight face when talking to Little Mr.  Therefore he emailed Kiwi Daughter the same news instead of trying to tell her face to face.

Me? I’m torn in two…  Such innocent, blind, unconditional trust, about to be exposed as misplaced.

Did I intervene and give the game away? No….  It’s Himself’s prank and I’m letting him have his fun. But one thing is for sure… Himself had instructions from me to go to the shops and buy some special ice-cream for dessert. After all… that’s what I would call a just dessert.


  1. I think you should have just sent the icecream van to the school – as a joke on your husband…

    Comment by kiwiskan — April 2, 2014 @ 4:15 am | Reply

  2. What a darling boy Little Mr is!

    Comment by The Laughing Housewife — April 2, 2014 @ 9:29 pm | Reply

  3. I agree with Kiwiskan! But at least a happy ending in that the kids got ice cream at the end of the day.

    Comment by Luddy's Lens — April 8, 2014 @ 2:56 pm | Reply

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