Or April Fool’s Day, depending on your background.
For years on this day, there was a lot of back slapping and hugging around my house as the kids endeavoured to tape paper fish to everyone’s backs surreptitiously. It’s a French tradition, brought into our family through the girls’ Franch Immersion in school, where all their teachers were from France or Quebec. For a charming example of some fish, check out Brat Like Me’s blogpost today, which is what reminded me of the tradition.
But my kids grew up, and the tricks got trickier. The most outstanding one in everyone’s memory is the year my youngest used food colouring to change the colour of the milk – blue. A 4L jug of milk, brand new – blue. Do you know what colour macaroni cheese becomes with blue milk? Or tea? Or porridge? It was the joke that lasted for days.
I keep thinking my kids are growing out of childish traditions, but apparently not. This morning, while I was outside doing chores, the youngest, now 17, taped paper over the electronic “eye” on my computer mouse, and dyed the coffee cream pink, and then left for school. I guess she was being easy on me – pink is not so bad in coffee, and I troubleshoot mice all the time at work, so it was a matter of a minute before I figured out that one, but…
Is it immature of me that I toilet papered the whole doorway to her room?